A few years ago Rudolf Innig accomplished a grand discographic feat with his complete recording of the nine organ symphonies of Felix Nowowiejski, thereby rehabilitating an almost entirely forgotten master of late romantic organ sound. He later presented a recording of smaller-format organ compositions by Nowowiejski. The four “Concerti” recorded here conclude this valuable edition now for the first time presenting the Polish master’s complete organ oeuvre on CD on MDG. Those who expect an orchestra for the concerto form are in for a genuine surprise. Innig employs the magnificent Sauer organ in the Bremen Cathedral with so much color that the strings and winds will not be missed for a single moment. In harmonic respects they are also highly ambitious. Why Nowowiejski entitled these large-format, multi-movement works “Concerti” must remain speculation. Might he have been apprehensive about extending the number of his symphonies beyond the magical “Number Nine”?
Complete Solo Concertos for Solo Organ op. 56 Einzug in der Dom op. 8, 3;
Pieces pour orgue op. 9;
Pieces pour orgue op. 31;
Elevation op. 2, 2;
Offertoire op. 7, 2;