Girolamo Frescobaldi

Catherine Bott looks back on the life and music of Italian composer Frescobaldi, whose brilliance was such that 30,000 people attended his first performance on the organ at St Peter's in Rome.

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Donald Macleod is joined by scholar and performer Christopher Stembridge to explore the life and work of Girolamo Frescobaldi.

They begin with an examination of Frescobaldi's early years in Ferrara, where he absorbed the city's rich cultural heritage. Alongside excerpts from Frescobaldi's first publications, there is music by the predecessors and contemporaries whose influence rubbed off on him: Josquin Desprez, a former maestro di capella at the Ferrara court; Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Frescobaldi's teacher; Alessandro Grandi, Frescobaldi's younger colleague at the Accademia della Morte; Claudio Monteverdi, whom Stembridge sees as playing Handel to Frescobaldi's Bach; a trio of Neapolitan composers, Gesualdo, Mayone and De Macque; and a Venetian one - Giovanni Gabrieli.

Donald follows Frescobaldi on his single recorded excursion beyond Italy, to Flanders, in the company of the papal nuncio Guido Bentivoglio, then back to Rome and St Peter's, where he worked on and off for the rest of his life.

Frescobaldi: Canzona sopra Rugier (Canzoni da sonare)

  • David James, ashley stafford, robert jones (countertenors)
  • Paul Hillier (director)
  • Paul Hillier, david beavan (basses)
  • Rinaldo Alessandrini (conductor)
  • alpha 053, tr 3

    josquin: kyrie (missa hercules dux ferrariae)

  • amon ra cd-sar 58, tr 7

    grandi: o quam tu pulchra es

  • ars musici am 1207-2, tr 12

    gesualdo: gagliarda

  • bernard foccroulle (harpsichord)
  • bruno cocset (conductor)
  • christopher stembridge (harpsichord by denzil wraight)
  • concerto italiano
  • deborah roberts, tessa bonner (sopranos)
  • emi cdc 7 49960 2, tr 1

    luzzaschi: o dolcezz'amarissime d'amore (madrigali a uno, due e tre soprani)

  • gordon jones (baritone)
  • henri ledroit (countertenor)
  • hilliard ensemble
  • les basses reunies
  • mary nichols (contralto)
  • musica secreta:
  • opus 111 30-166, tr 1

    de macque: prime stravaganze

  • paula chateauneuf (chitarrone)
  • philippe pierlot (bass viol)
  • ricercar consort:
  • ricercar ric 013028, tr 4

    monteverdi: cruda amarilli (quinto libro de madrigali)

  • rogers covey-crump, John Potter, mark padmore (tenors)

  • 20090125

    Catherine Bott looks back on the life and music of Italian composer Frescobaldi, whose brilliance was such that 30,000 people attended his first performance on the organ at St Peter's in Rome.

    Playlist:

    Frescobaldi: Toccata settima (1627)

  • Rinaldo Alessandrini (organ)
  • auvidis e 8585
  • bob van asperen (harpsichord)
  • cd 2 tracks: 7-17 and 22

    frescobaldi: cento partite sopra passacaglia (1637)

  • christe (keyboard)
  • concerto italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • concerto soave/ jean-marc aymes
  • enrico onofri (violin in no 44)
  • erato 4509-96544-2
  • harmonia mundi hma1951136
  • harmonia mundi hmc901698
  • josep cabre/schola gregorienne/pietro spagnoli/roberto abbondanza (chant)
  • kyrie (keyboard)
  • maria cristina kiehr (soprano)
  • marinella pennicchi (sop)
  • no 34.

    toccata avanti la messa della madonna

  • no 35.

    kyrie della madonna for keyboard

  • no 44.

    recercar con obligo cantare la quinta parte senza tocarla

  • opus 111 20003
  • opus 111 ops30 133
  • pierre hantai (harpsichord)
  • plainsong: christe
  • plainsong: kyrie
  • sergio vartolo (hpsd)
  • teldec 2292 43544-2
  • ton koopman (organ)
  • track: 1

    luzzaschi: o primavera (1601) from the concerto delle dame di ferrara

  • track: 20

    frescobaldi: capriccio sopra la bassa fiamenga (1624/26)

  • track: 2

    frescobaldi: canzona prima from il secondo libro di toccate

  • track: 3.

    Catherine Bott on the italian composer, who once drew 30,000 people to an organ recital

  • track: 3

    frescobaldi: madrigal: se lontana voi sete from book 1 (1608)

  • track: 5

    frescobaldi: arie musicali bk.1 no.6, a pie della gran croce (maddalena alla croce), for solo voice

  • track: 5

    frescobaldi: fiori musicali - messa della madonna (extract)

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