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Claudio Merulo (1533-1604): The complete Toccatas for Organ / Francesco Tasini, historical organs

Album Summary

>Merulo, Claudio : Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 1 (1598)
>Merulo, Claudio : Toccate d'intavolatvra d'organo, Book 2 (1604)
>Merulo, Claudio : Toccate dal Fondo Giordano (attributed, ms. dal Fondo Giordano)
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Notes & Reviews:

Claudio Merulo (Correggio, near Reggio Emilia, 8 April 1533 - Parma, 4 May 1604) enjoyed great renown in his time, particularly as an "extraordinarily melodious organist". His wonderful skill in the practice of intavolare diminuito, where he was regarded as the "leader and master" (in the words of Girolamo Diruta), was expressed most vividly by his famous Toccate. This recording presents, for the first time, the entire corpus of Merula's Toccate: the 9 Toccate contained in the First Book of Toccate d'intavolatvra d'organo (Rome, Simone Verovio, 1598), recorded on Baldassarre Malamini's "in cornu Evangelii" organ (1596) in the Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna; the 10 Toccate contained in the Second Book of Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo (Rome, Verovio, 1604); and the 7 manuscript Toccate drawn from the Nuova intavolatura d'organo tedesca (1637-40) preserved in the National University Library of Turin, Collection Giordano 2, where the Toccata del 3.io tono di Claudio Merulo basically corresponds to the Toccata del terzo tuono di Clavdio Mervlo that is included in Il Transilvano, by Dirvta (cc. 16v-19r). These 7 Toccate have been recorded on Graziadio Antegnati's organ (1565) in the Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara, Mantua.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Renowned organist and composer Claudio Merulo (1533-1604) was very influential in the development of the secular keyboard toccata, which was taken up by Frescobaldi and others in Italy and then spread to other parts of Europe. All the currently-known keyboard toccatas by Merulo are here, 19 from the composer's two published collections (1598 and 1604) and 7 from manuscripts preserved in Turin. The manuscript toccatas are recorded for the first time, and the sources are thought to date from some 35 years after Merulo's death. Two very fine 16th-Century organs are used, in Bologna (San Petronio Basilica, 1596, built by Malamini) and Mantua (Santa Barbara Basilica, 1565, by Antegnati), and their rich, powerful, and engaging sound is a real pleasure to hear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara in Mantova (08/2010); La Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna (08/2010); Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara in Mantova (10/2010/05/2011); La Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna (10/2010/05/2011).



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Works Details

>Merulo, Claudio : Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 1 (1598)
  • Performer: Francesco Tasini (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Merulo, Claudio : Toccate d'intavolatvra d'organo, Book 2 (1604)
  • Performer: Francesco Tasini (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Merulo, Claudio : Toccate dal Fondo Giordano (attributed, ms. dal Fondo Giordano)
  • Performer: Francesco Tasini (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance