Wednesday, August 5, 2009

DIVOX ANTIQUA ORGAN MUSIC: Stefano Molardi - Claudio Merulo - Complete Organ Works Vol.1, 2CD

    Artist: Stefano Molardi at the Colombi-Organ, of Valvasone
    Album: Claudio Merulo - Complete Organ Works Vol.1
    Released: 2004
    Divox Antiqua
    Catalog N°:
    File Format: eac iso flac cue log covers. 2CD ~870MB

    In May 2004 was the 400th anniversary of the death of Claudio Merulo (1533-1604), a great organist and composer of the Renaissance times. We are pleased to present the world premiere recording of the complete organ works of Merulo. These works represent the complete range of musical development of compositions for keyboard instruments in the 16th century. Since their quality had no equal at that time, Merulo’s opus is of immense importance for the history of music. Tapping the full potential of the then usual forms of expression and structure, Claudio Merulo – a contemporary of Gabrieli and his colleague as ”maestro di cappella” at the Marcus Cathedral in Venice – was an important pathfinder in a highly creative era. And he opened up a new one: the Baroque period.

    Disc One:
    01. Toccata prima 1598 05:23
    02. Ricercar del secondo tuono 08:28
    03. La Gratiosa 04:11
    04. Petit Jacquet 04:54
    05. La Leonora 03:04
    06. Toccata terza, 1598 04:56
    07. Toccata terza, 1604 04:50
    08. Ricercar dell`ottavo tuono 06:53
    09. La Cortese 04:03
    10. Toccata quita, 1598 03:33
    11. La Seula 04:45
    12. La Pazza 02:50
    13. Toccata prima 1604 05:51

    Disc Two:
    01. Toccata quarta, 1604 06:26
    02. La Radivila 04:14
    03. Ricercar del terzo tuono 08:47
    04. L`Arconadia 02:53
    05. La Palma 02:33
    06. La Scarampa 03:26
    07. Toccata settima, 1604 07:41
    08. Toccata nona, 1598 05:36
    09. Content 06:07
    10. Languissans 08:03
    11. Ricercar del settimo tuono 07:59
    12. La Pargoletta 03:18
    13. Toccata ottava, 1598 06:32

    On the Divox recording, Stefano Molardi plays on a organ built in 1533 (Merulo’s year of birth), located at the church of S.S. Corpo di Cristo in Valvasone (province of Pordenone, Friaul), that is not only in good condition but also under a mouments protection order issued by the Ministry of Culture and the patronage of the Italian president...
    ...The recording technique used the cutting-edge Aurophony 2+2+2® multi-channel standard, which allows three-dimensional listening. Detailed information: as well as the by now wide-spread high resolution of 24 bit-96 kHz technology... Read more

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