Merula: Complete Organ Music
Wydawca: Brilliant Classics
Kategoria: Klasyczna pozostałe
As the organist Enrico Viccardi remarks in his helpfully contextual booklet notes, ‘it is the keyboard compositions that clearly reveal his originality and his readiness to experiment’. He highlights Merula’s debt to Claudio Merulo, but also the reworked, more advanced nature of that debt in the magnificent Toccata on the Second Tone.
Viccardi has used an original 1647 organ, built by Giovanni Chiappani in the church of San Pietro Apostolo, Mezzana Casati and restored sympathetically in the 19th and 20th centuries. The temperament is uneven but not eccentrically so. This is a release that should receive wide attention in the organ press but also be of interest to anyone who is captivated by the music of Monteverdi and his time.
Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665) was a foremost member of the Venetian School, active as a composer of a substantial vocal oeuvre and instrumental music for keyboard.
This new recording contains the complete works for organ by Merula, consisting of Toccatas, Canzones, Capriccio and three Intonazione Cromatica. Keywords of Merula’s innovative style are chromatiscm and a great expressive intensity.
Enrico Viccardi, one of Italy’s most venerable and respected organists, plays the historic Chiappani organ, built in 1647.
The booklet contains extensive liner notes on the music written by the artist, the organ specifications and photo, plus an artist biography.