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Luzzasco Luzzaschi (c.1545-1607): Complete Keyboard Music / Matteo Messori, harpsichord, organ & spinet

Audio Samples

  1. Luzzaschi — Il Transilvano: Toccata del quarto tuono $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar primo $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar secondo $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar terzo $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar quarto $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar quinto $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar sesto $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar settimo $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar ottavo $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar nono $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar decimo $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar undecimo $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Luzzaschi — Il secondo libro de ricercari a quattro voci: Ricercar duodecimo $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Luzzaschi — Il Transilvano: Ricercare del primo tuono a quattro $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Luzzaschi — Il Transilvano: Ricercare del secondo tuono a quattro $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Luzzaschi — Canto fermo a quattro sopra "La Spagna" $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Luzzaschi — Canto fermo a quattro sopra "Ave maris stella" $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Luzzaschi — Canzona $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Diruta, Girolamo : Toccata del quarto tuono, for keyboard (from Il Transilvano)
>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Ricercari (12) a quattro voci, for keyboard (Book 2)
>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Ricercare del Primo Tuono a 4, for keyboard (from Il Transilvano)
>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Ricercare del Secondo Tuono a 4, for keyboard (from Il Transilvano)
>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Ricecare sopra La Spagna a 4
>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Fantasia a quattro sopra Ave maris stella, for harp
>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Canzon à 4
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Notes & Reviews:

The Ferrara-born Luzzasco Luzzaschi might not exactly be a household name, but his contribution to the development of the madrigal places him within that elite category of composers who helped shape the course of music history. The favorite musician of Duke Alfonso II, the last of the legitimate d'Este (the most intellectual and cultivated dynasty of Renaissance Italy) it was Luzzaschi who, in his role as the finest keyboard player of the period, cultivated the open score approach to performance. This was essentially a sort of motet of madrigal without words that focused on highly refined counterpoint and on the complexity of fugues i.e. four-voice writing, without recourse to embellishment or any added prettiness. Only the second of the composer's three books of ricercari, as detailed in this recording, has survived - a regrettable fact, given that the 1578 manuscript is unrivalled in its complexity among keyboard music of the second half of the 16th century. The book also comprises the only known free-form composition by Luzzaschi, the melancholic Toccata del quarto tuono; also included on the recording are two counterpoints on the plainchants "La Spagna" and Ave Maris stella, as well as the simple, unpretentious Canzona - Maestro Messori's keyboard arrangement of an ensemble piece published in the Raveri collection of Canzoni per sonare con ogni sorte di stromenti (1608) by various composers. Indeed, Messori's interest in and understanding of this period of music history is confirmed by his critical open score edition used for the recording (shortly to be published by 'Ut Orpheus' at the time of writing), as well as his assured performances. Using different Italian harpsichords to convey a sense of "chamber music", in addition to the organ and spinet, he conjures up the refinement and splendor of the Ferrarese court with ease and grace, presenting a strong case for why this Renaissance composer - and former teacher of Frescobaldi, who further cultivated keyboard open-score notation - deserves to be better-known. Other information: Recorded: August - September 2011, Santuario di Santa Maria di Valverde, Marano di Valpolicella (Verona) and Basilica di San Martino Maggiore, Bologna.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This program, which is described as a world premiere, collects all of Luzzaschi's extant pieces - ricercars, canzonas, and a toccata. Messori plays them on various instruments (harpsichord, organ, and spinet) and fortunately in a style appropriate to each; for example, he uses various degrees of arpeggiation on the harpsichord, which helps to clarify the dense contrapuntal textures of the ricercars. This attractive release will appeal to Frescobaldi enthusiasts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Basilica di San Martino Maggiore, Bologna (08/2011-09/2011); Marano di Valpolicella, Verona (08/2011-09/2011); Santuario di Santa Maria di Valverde (08/2011-09/2011).



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Works Details

>Diruta, Girolamo : Toccata del quarto tuono, for keyboard (from Il Transilvano)
  • Performer: Matteo Messori (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Marano di Valpolicella, Verona (08/2011-09/2011); Santuario di Santa Maria di Valverde (08/2011-09/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Ricercari (12) a quattro voci, for keyboard (Book 2)
  • Performer: Matteo Messori (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Marano di Valpolicella, Verona (08/2011-09/2011); Santuario di Santa Maria di Valverde (08/2011-09/2011); Basilica di San Martino Maggiore, Bologna (08/2011-09/2011)
  • Running Time: 55 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1578

>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Ricercare del Primo Tuono a 4, for keyboard (from Il Transilvano)
  • Performer: Matteo Messori (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Ricercare del Secondo Tuono a 4, for keyboard (from Il Transilvano)
  • Performer: Matteo Messori (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Ricecare sopra La Spagna a 4
  • Performer: Matteo Messori (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Marano di Valpolicella, Verona (08/2011-09/2011); Santuario di Santa Maria di Valverde (08/2011-09/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Fantasia a quattro sopra Ave maris stella, for harp
  • Performer: Matteo Messori (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Canzon à 4
  • Performer: Matteo Messori (Spinet)
  • Notes: Marano di Valpolicella, Verona (08/2011-09/2011); Santuario di Santa Maria di Valverde (08/2011-09/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance