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Federico del Sordo, Nova Schola Gregoriana & Alberto Turco – Cavazzoni: Complete Organ Music (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Federico del Sordo, Nova Schola Gregoriana & Alberto Turco – Cavazzoni: Complete Organ Music (2021)
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The most comprehensive collection of organ music by a major forerunner to Monteverdi, recorded on a historically significant instrument by an organist with a distinguished catalogue of 17th-century repertoire.

Born in northern Italy around the turn of the 16th century – no more precise data is available – Girolamo Cavazzoni became organist of the cathedral in Mantova in 1621 and soon after entered the service of the Gonzaga family whose lavish artistic patronage sponsored and encouraged many of the finest Italian composers of the day. During his Mantuan years Cavazzoni taught the organ to Costanzo Antegnati (1549-1624), son of the organ builder at S Barbara, Graziadio Antegnati. Costanzo’s L’arte organica (Brescia, 1608) recalls Cavazzoni as ‘Hieronimo d’Urbino gi`a mio honorato maestro’.

In 1565-6 he supervised the building of the organ in the church of S Barbara, Mantua, and also played the organ there at Mass. This is the very instrument played by Federico Del Sordo, lending his recording a unique authenticity and powerful sense of place and time. The restoration of the single-manual Santa Barbara organ (1995-2006) was undertaken by Giorgio Carli with the aim of returning the instrument to its original pristine state as far as possible, rather than extending or ‘improving’ it, and thus the colours of the instrument closely resemble those with which Cavazzoni was familiar.

Much of the music here was written for liturgical performance in the alternatim fashion, whereby verses of the Mass text, the Magnificat or an antiphon are alternatively played and embroidered by the organ and then chanted by a choir. Federico Del Sordo draws on two original volumes, printed in Venice in the 1540s, plus a pair of ricercars to be found in multi-authored collections of the time. Together they build a portrait of a composer as stylish as he was pragmatic.

01. Cavazzoni: Recercar Primo
02. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Christe Redemptor Omnium
03. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Ad Coenam Agni Provide
04. Cavazzoni: Recercar seconda
05. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Lucis Creator Optime
06. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Ave Maris Stella
07. Cavazzoni: Recercar Terzo
08. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Veni Creator Spiritus
09. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Exultet Coelum Laudibus
10. Cavazzoni: Recercar Quarto
11. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Pange Lingua Gloriosi
12. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Iste Confessor
13. Cavazzoni: Canzon Sopra I Le Bel E Bon
14. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Iesu Nostra Redemptio
15. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Iesu Corona Virginum
16. Cavazzoni: Canzon Sopra Falt D’argens
17. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Deus Tuorum Militum
18. Cavazzoni: Hymnus Hostis Herodes Impie
19. Cavazzoni: Magnificat Primi Toni
20. Cavazzoni: Magnificat Ottavi Toni
21. Cavazzoni: Magnificat Quarti Toni
22. Cavazzoni: Magnificat Sexti Toni
23. Cavazzoni: Missa Apostolorum – Kyrie
24. Cavazzoni: Missa Apostolorum – Gloria
25. Cavazzoni: Credo Cardinalis
26. Cavazzoni: Missa Apostolorum – Sanctus
27. Cavazzoni: Missa Apostolorum – Agnus Dei
28. Cavazzoni: Missa Dominicalis – Kyrie
29. Cavazzoni: Missa Dominicalis – Gloria
30. Cavazzoni: Credo Dominicalis
31. Cavazzoni: Missa Dominicalis – Sanctus
32. Cavazzoni: Missa Dominicalis – Agnus Dei
33. Cavazzoni: Missa De Beata Virgine – Kyrie
34. Cavazzoni: Missa De Beata Virgine – Gloria
35. Cavazzoni: Missa De Beata Virgine – Sanctus
36. Cavazzoni: Missa De Beata Virgine – Agnus Dei
37. Cavazzoni: Ricercare
38. Cavazzoni: Recercar


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