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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1612 Guglielmi, Santa Maria in Vallicello, Rome, Italy] [decorative stamp]
1612 Guglielmi at Santa Maria in Vallicello, Rome, Italy

[1982 Grenzing, St. Cyprien, Perigord, France] [decorative stamp]
1982 Grenzing at St. Cyprien, Perigord, France

[1909 Vegezzi-Bossi, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome] [decorative stamp]
1909 Vegezzi-Bossi at Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, Italy

Exploring Italy

…with Francesco Cera as our guide, we investigate the organ art in the land that virtually 'invented music'.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1237 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1237 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of September 10, 2012

Links and Resources:

Interview Audio

  • Guest commentator Francesco Cera talks with Michael Barone…

    Audio Clip 1 …about his activities as harpsichordist and organist.

    Audio Clip 2 …the interest of American organists in historic Italian repertoire.

    Audio Clip 3 …the 'new horizon', modern American-built organs in historic Italian style a possibility.

Music played in the program

Hour 1

BERNARDO PASQUINI: Sonata. GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI: Toccata prima (Book 2) Toccata per l'Elevatione, fr Messa degli ApostoliFrancesco Cera (1612 Guglielmi/Santa Maria in Vallicello, Rome) Temperaments 316030

MICHELANGELO ROSSI: Toccata No. 10; Corrents Nos. 7 & 2 –Francesco Cera (1651 Neri/Oratorio de Nardis, Aqila) Tactus 601802

ANDREA GABRIELI: Intonation on the 1st Tone. CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI: Salve Regina –Filippo Bettoschi, baritone/Francesco Cera (1509 Paolo/Church of St. Francis, Trevi) Tactus 620001

TARQUINIO MERULA: Canzonas on the 2nd and 4th Tones; Toccata on the 2nd Tone –Francesco Cera (1526 Facchetti/Saint Michael in Bosco, Bologna) Tactus 591301

Hour 2

ANTONIO VIVALDI (trans.Todorovski): Concerto in F, Op. 4, no. 9 –Catherine Todorovski (1982 Grenzing/St. Cyprien, Perigord, France) Syrius 141373

BERNARDO STORACE: Toccata & Canzona; Pastorale (excerpted) –Francesco Cera (1680 Anonymous/Church of St. Magnus and Amelia, Terni) Tactus 601902

PASQUINI: Toccata con lo scherzo del Cucco Lorenzo Ghielmi (2004 Mascioni/St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo) CR Studio 9728

GIOVANNI MORANDI: Sinfonia Marziale in d –Federica Iannella and Giuliana Maccaroni (1767 Callido/Santuario Santa Maria Goretti, Corinaldo) Tactus 771301

CESARE NORDIO: Musette –Andrea Macinanti (1909 Vegezzi-Bossi/Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome) Tactus 900001

GIOACCHINO ROSSINI: William Tell Overture –Wayne Marshall (1894 William Hill/Peterborough Cathedral, England) Virgin Classics 61703


Francesco Cera presents concerts in New England during this month, at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (9/23), Yale University (9/26), Old West Church, Boston (9/28) and College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA (9/30)