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An organ recital is a rarity in Jerusalem, mainly because there are not many such instruments here. Restored in 2007, one of the few organs in the western part of the city is in the Ratisbonne Monastery, making a concert there something of an attraction.
German organist Gudrun Nassauer presented a varied program ranging from
the Baroque of van Eyck, Vivaldi and Bach to the contemporary Canadian
In the manner characteristic of German church organists, she flooded
the space with huge masses of impressive sound. Some more delicate
registers were mercifully chosen in Rheinberger’s
. In Bach’s Toccata BV
she attempted to display a veritable virtuoso tour de
Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No. 3
not so surprisingly, as though harking back to his Jewish origins.
For variety’s sake, Italian flutist Lucio Savogin performed Bach’s
Sonata BV 1020
with some delicately and tastefully
selected registers by Ramat Gan-based Yaeli Bar-On on the organ.