Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1991 Ahrend organ at the Basilica of San Simpliciano, Milan, Italy, Italy
We trace back root causes on this week’s show, exploring composers in Italy, who laid the foundations for much of what we enjoy in classical music today. And organbuilders, too, whose instruments in Bologna, Treviso, Turin and Pistoia retained an unparalleled degree of simplicity of design and purity of sound across four centuries of European history. Their unique character blooms in the special idioms of Frescobaldi, Pasquini, Valeri and others, as we discover during A Sojourn in Italy.
LUDOVICO GROSSI da VIADANA: La Bolognese –Hadrien Jourdan, Jean Christophe Leclere (1475 da Prato/Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Italy) & (1596 Malamini/Basilica of San Petronio, Bologna, Italy) Syrius CD-141312
GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI: Motet, Ipsi sum desponsata –Sylva Pozzer, soprano; Adriano Dallape (1656 Berte/St. Peter & Paul Church, Brentonico, Italy) Fone CD-94F06
GAETANO VALERI: Siciliana, from Sonata in c. GIOVANNI BATTISTA MARTINI: Allegro, from Sonata in C –Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini (1797 Agati/St. Michael the Archangel Church, Vignole-Quarrata, Italy) Fone CD-90F33
Pipedreams will sponsor an Organ Tour in Italy from April 27 through May 9, 2003. Led by Michael Barone and Meg Irwin-Brandon, the route begins in Milan, visits Como, Bologna, Venice, Pistoia, Luca, Florence and Parma, and ends in Rome.