Magazine article The American Organist

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Orgelsonaten Op. 65

Magazine article The American Organist

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Orgelsonaten Op. 65

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FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY ORGELSONATEN OP. 65. Antje Maria Traub, organist. III/55 Metzler organ (Opus 411, 1968/69) of the Katholischen Stadtkirche, Baden, Germany. Classics Elite Special ES 73785. Available from Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby. A native of Switzerland, Antje Maria Traub is a versatile keyboard musician, active as a performer on the organ, piano, and historical keyboard instruments. She has studied harpsichord, fortepiano, piano, and organ extensively both abroad and in the United States, where she received advanced degrees from Baylor University and the Eastman School of Music. A specialist in early performance practice on keyboard instruments, she currently teaches in the Baden area in addition to international concertizing.

Traub's extensive background favorably informs her performances of Mendelssohn's six organ sonatas. Her playing underscores the classical elements that constitute the essential structure and formation of these works. Mendelssohn was a pianist of no mean ability, a fact reflected in several of the sonata movements such as the Finale of the First, the outer movements of the Fourth, and the final variation of the first movement of the Sixth. Here, Traub's superb pianistic technique shines through, producing scintillating clarity. In general, her playing is distinguished for its transparency, clear phrasing and articulation, precision, and direct approach. …

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