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Affetti cantabile - Frescobaldi: Keyboard Works / Hank Knox

Album Summary

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Capricci ... et arie in partitura, Vol.1 no 1, Capriccio Primo sopra ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, for k
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro di toccate
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 14, Canzona Seconda in C major
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Toccata [Seconda] for keyboard in F major (Chigi MS Q IV 25; CEKM 30/1, no 7)
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Canzoni alla Francese, no 8, detta la Vincenti
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 16, Canzona Quarta in F major
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 1, Toccata Prima in G minor
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Canzon prima
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 28, Gagliarda Seconda in G minor
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 29, Gagliarda Terza in G minor
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Canzon terza
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 7, Toccata Settima in D minor
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 33, Corrente Primo in D minor
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il primo libro d'intavolatura di toccate di cimbalo et organo, no 13, Partita sopra l'Aria di Ruggie
>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Capricci ... et arie in partitura, Vol.1 no 2, Capriccio Deconda sopra la, sol, fa, mi, re, ut, for
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Notes & Reviews:

Often dedicated to powerful patrons and perhaps heard by the likes of John Milton at private gatherings or public performances in Rome, many of Frescobaldi's harpsichord works featured here display a new manner of playing with song-like affect, or "affetti cantabile." The instrument heard here is an important musical personality in its own right. It was built in Italy during the seventeenth century by an anonymous maker and bears the signature "F.A. 1677".

"One can understand how the keyboard music of early Baroque composer Girolamo Frescobaldi anticipates Bach in its systematic exploitation of available resources, and still be left cold by the experience of listening to it. This little disc by Montreal harpsichordist Hank Knox, a student of Kenneth Gilbert, does unusually well at the task of bringing Frescobaldi alive. Knox chooses a diverse set of works, more desirable and more true to what a Renaissance keyboardist would have done in a concert in a noble household than recordings that plow though one or more of Frescobaldi's published sets. Knox brings out contrasts in the longer toccatas and hexachord pieces (pieces based on the subject ut re mi fa sol la), settling into an alternation of contrapuntal canzonas and dances in the middle of the program. He saves for last a work that is virtuosic both technically and intellectually, the Cento Partie sopra passacagli of 1637, a large ground-bass piece with elements of both the passacaglia and the chaconne. This piece has some striking harmonic clashes that are intensified in the quarter-comma meantone tuning Knox employs. One wonders whether the equal temperament he suggests as an alternative might have been what was actually intended, but the work as he plays it stretches the ears and then lets them return partway to normal. The harpsichord itself has an interesting story. Built in 1677, the instrument somehow crossed the Atlantic, apparently came into the possession of James McNeill Whistler (it appears in several of his paintings), and ended up in a Cambridge, MA, antique shop in the 1950s. Rescued by harpsichord builder Frank Hubbard, it was acquired by Gilbert, sent back to Europe for a time, and finally returned to Montreal. It seems beautifully suited to the explosive style Knox brings to this music, which can easily be recommended as a basic Frescobaldi disc." -All Music Guide



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>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Capricci ... et arie in partitura, Vol.1 no 1, Capriccio Primo sopra ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, for k
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro di toccate
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 14, Canzona Seconda in C major
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Toccata [Seconda] for keyboard in F major (Chigi MS Q IV 25; CEKM 30/1, no 7)
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Canzoni alla Francese, no 8, detta la Vincenti
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 16, Canzona Quarta in F major
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 1, Toccata Prima in G minor
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Canzon prima
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 28, Gagliarda Seconda in G minor
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 29, Gagliarda Terza in G minor
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Canzon terza
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 7, Toccata Settima in D minor
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, no 33, Corrente Primo in D minor
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Il primo libro d'intavolatura di toccate di cimbalo et organo, no 13, Partita sopra l'Aria di Ruggie
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Frescobaldi, Girolamo : Capricci ... et arie in partitura, Vol.1 no 2, Capriccio Deconda sopra la, sol, fa, mi, re, ut, for
  • Performer: Hank Knox (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Multimedia Room at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (06/11/2007-06/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque