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.

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 fromthe Baroque of van Eyck, Vivaldi and Bach to the contemporary CanadianDenis Bedard.
In the manner characteristic of German church organists, she floodedthe space with huge masses of impressive sound. Some more delicateregisters were mercifully chosen in Rheinberger’sCantilene. In Bach’s Toccata BV564 she attempted to display a veritable virtuoso tour deforce.
Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No. 3 sounded, perhapsnot so surprisingly, as though harking back to his Jewish origins.
For variety’s sake, Italian flutist Lucio Savogin performed Bach’sSonata BV 1020 with some delicately and tastefullyselected registers by Ramat Gan-based Yaeli Bar-On on the organ.