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Frescobaldi

Magazine article Gramophone

Frescobaldi

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Frescobaldi [R]

Messa sopra I'aria della Monica. Toccata II. Civitas Hierusalem. Canzone XI a due canti detta la Plettenberger (II primo libro delle canzoni). Ricercar dopo il Credo (Fiori musicali). Toccata IV per I'organo da sonarsi all'Elevazione (II secondo libro di toccata), lesu flos Mater Virginis. Ego sum panis vivus. Canzone II a due canti e due bassi. Capriccio V sopra la bassa fiamenga

II Teatro Armonico / Alessandro De Marchi Christophorus [R] CHE0193-2 (69' * DDD) Recorded 1991-92. From Symphonia SY91S08

Frescobaldi was never officially maestro di cappella of any institution, although the renowned keyboard composer was employed as organist in some of Rome's most important churches. A clutch of small-scale motets are preserved but the linchpin of this nonspecific liturgical reconstruction is an eight-part Mass setting based loosely on the secular song 'Madre, monaca non mi vo'far', its manuscript in the archive of St John Lateran attributed somewhat insecurely to Frescobaldi. …

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