Concert Review: Organ Recital

One of the few organs in the western part of Jerusalem is in the Ratisbonne Monastery, making a concert there something of an attraction.

April 27, 2010 23:31
Concert Review: Organ Recital

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Organ Recital
Ratisbonne Monastery
April 25

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 Denis Bedard.

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 Cantilene. In Bach’s Toccata BV 564 she attempted to display a veritable virtuoso tour de force.

Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No. 3 sounded, perhaps 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.

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