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There is no shortage of recordings of Mendelssohn’s sonatas, so perhaps what makes any new disc stand out is the accompanying repertoire. Here, alongside Sonatas 3, 4 and 6, we have three other organ compositions together with the W.T. Best transcription of the Overture from Paulus and a (slightly ponderous) Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Matthias Havinga proposes that the 1830 Bätz organ in Amsterdam would suit Mendelssohn’s desire for an organ to be ‘very strong and powerful’. Indeed it is, but it does not have the most enchanting Plenum, and this only exacerbates Havinga’s slavish adherence to the composer’s markings as articulation rather than general phrasing – something which I find at odds with an otherwise lyrical composer.

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