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150 Years Italian Music [Box set]

Antonio Valente , Marco Facoli , Giovanni de Macque , Ascanio Mayone , Giovanni Maria Trabaci , Giovanni Picchi , Giovanni Pietro del Buono , Girolamo Frescobaldi , Francesco Lambardi , Rinaldo Alessandrini Audio CD
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  • Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Composer: Antonio Valente, Marco Facoli, Giovanni de Macque, Ascanio Mayone, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 9, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000005W2H
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tenore del passo e mezo con sei mutanze, for harpsichord
2. Pass'e mezzo Moderno, for harpsichord
3. Gagliarda prima, for harpsichord
4. Seconde Stravaganze, for harpsichord
5. Gagliarda seconda, for harpsichord
6. Partite sopra Fidele
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Toccata del decimo tono, for organ
2. Pass'e mezzo antico in cinque modi variati, for organ
3. Canzon ariosa, for organ
4. Toccata for organ No. 2 in tone 1 (Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 1)
5. Toccata del Quarto Tono for organ
6. Ricercare del 7 e 8 tono for organ
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Pastorale for keyboard in G major
2. Benedictus et elevatio simul
3. Aria di Fiorenza
4. Selva di varie compositione: [Unspecified] Ricercare
5. Work(s): [Unspecified] Canzona for keyboard (Berlin Staatsbibliothek)
6. Cromatica
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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5.0 out of 5 stars A considerative anthology August 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Each cd begins with a renaissence masters work: the first Antonio Valente, second Andrea Gabrieli, and the 3rd Ercole Pasquini.they are but resently studied with which we can determine another efflorescence of keyboard music than baroque ages but pitifully only scarce music from it survived. These compsitions presented here thought were of marginal fame at the time and even now, but exhibit adorable sophisticated taste of 16-17th century Italy, the father European Baroque art, they are brilliant with artful counterpoints and powerful flows of virtuosity, sometimes reeling with sensational poignancy such as a piece in cd3 by Gregorio Strozzi and the following piece by Giovani Picchi which evoke my imagination of melancholy and elaborate Shakespearean scenes.

It is a scrupulous survey of splattered jewels around the forgotten corners, presenting forgotten secret music in a light of informed rediscovery. I hope Mr Alessandrini present more repertoir of renaissence keyboard music. Listening to music from this set, I feel why Italian baroque music held the highest esteem by later generations of composers and so does now, and to what a fantastic realm of harmony of soul and nature I become awake.

By the way Italian music is for italians to play. Alessandrini strongly substantiates it! for my fellow italian keyboard art lovers i recommand Pasquini s recording by Mr Alessandrini: you will see why italian music is for italians.Musicus caelestis!

My favourite pieces:

CD1: 1st, 3rd, 9th, 19-25th
CD2: 1-5th, 15th, 18th.
CD3: 3rd, 8-9th, 14-15th.
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