We have listened to organist (and musical polymath) Jonathan Dimmock ‘s new CD, Mendelssohn Organ Sonatas (Loft Recordings LRCD-1112). These works, written late in the composer’s brief life, take full advantage of the resources of the “king of instruments” as well as being prime examples of Mendelssohn’s unique musical genius. Jonathan plays these works masterfully on the sweet-sounding 1787 Holzhey organ in Weissenau Abbey, Bavaria, a classically designed instrument of the type that Mendelssohn preferred over the later romantic organ. The CD is simply beautiful. A highlight for this listener is the finale of the Fifth Sonata, with its subtle, enchanting cascades of seraphic sounds. The audio recording is exemplary in all respects. This disc is another winner from Jonathan, and we enthusiastically recommend it, perhaps especially as a splendid introduction to those who are not (yet) organ fanciers. Jonathan’s website is www.jonathandimmock.com .
– Greg Bottini (January 19, 2010)