Lunchtime Organ Recital
Saturday 16 May
David Dunnett organ
Mendelssohn Sonata in A major Op. 65 No. 3
J.S. Bach Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor BWV527
Elgar Sonata in G Op. 28
Bach and Mendelssohn provide the cornerstones of the organ repertoire, and in this recital by the Cathedral’s organist, David Dunnett, Mendelssohn nods towards his great predecessor: the Op. 65 Sonatas quoting from several Bach chorales. The Sonata No. 3 also includes a more personal reference, since it incorporates a processional piece that Mendelssohn wrote for the wedding of his sister, Fanny. Bach’s Trio Sonata represents the full flowering of Baroque organ music in all its intricacy and eloquence. Elgar’s Sonata in G is a substantial work that requires great feats of emotional and physical athleticism from the performer. Its scale and nobility has led to this early work being named Elgar’s Symphony No. 0, and it provides a tremendous climax for this virtuosic recital.
Performance runs: c. 60 mins (no interval)