MDG 317 0896-2

Rudolf Innig, Orgel
Kuhn Orgel St. Johann Schaffhausen Chur

Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Complete Organ Works Vol. 6

Sonatas No. 11-12

Präludium WoO 56

Präludium WoO 26,1

Trio über "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden"

Epilogue WoO 25,7=26,3

Excerpts from the booklet

Rheinberger dedicated his Sonata No. 12 op. 154 in D flat major of 1888 to Alexander Wilhelm Gottschalg (1827-1908), the court organist in Weimar. Rheinberger had been in communication with Gottschalg already at the beginning of 1888; he sent him his Six Pieces for Violin and Organ op. 150 and received effusive thanks for them. Gottschalg received the sonata dedicated to   him in mid-December 1888 and wrote on December 30 of that year: “By the kind dedication and friendly dispatch of your genial twelfth organ sonata, which I received on Beethoven’s birthday, you have brought me indescribable joy, for the wonderful work is classical in content and form and poetic through and through. I played the absolutely charming and delightful pastoral from it on Christmas Day to the great edification of the listeners in our court church. You have my most cordial thanks for this great and undeserved distinction, and may you often give me the opportunity to demonstrate the same to you in word and deed.” (Dr. Irmlind Capelle)

Excerpts from the reviews

„Rudolf Innigs subtile Interpretation der Werke auf der kraftvoll und weich klingenden romantischen Kuhn Orgel in Chur verdient ein besonderes Lob, ordnen sich doch Instrument und Ausführung dem Charakter der Stücke unter.“ (Audio, 2001)

„Innig is a sensitive player who chooses the stops carefully and authentically for music of this kind. MDG and Innig have done organ music lovers a service in recording Rheinberger’s work with such a care.” (The Organ, 2002)