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Ignazio Cirri (c.1712-1787): 12 Sonatas for Organ, Op. 1 / Massimo Gabba, organ

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>Cirri, Ignazio : Sonatas (12) for organ, Op 1
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This is the lesser-known Cirri, Ignazio of that ilk, elder brother of the Giovanni Battista who after taking holy orders pursued a diverse career as a cellist and composer, and who in 1764, perhaps aided by Ignazio's contacts, settled in London, where he was employed as a chamber musician to the Duke of York and director of music for the Duke of Gloucester, coming to compose a lovely, cheerfully undemanding set of trio sonatas, printed as his Op.9, for the Duke of Cumberland, and some more adventurous cello sonatas which display the instrument in an increasingly independent role. We know a bit less about Ignazio, though both brothers were certainly in town when the eight-year-old prodigy Mozart arrived in the summer of 1764 with his family caravan of Leopold and Nannerl (gave concerts, caught a cold and composed his First Symphony). The year before his brother's arrival, Ignazio had had printed this set of organ sonatas, called his Opus One. Seven years later was published an Op.2 collection for violin and keyboard. The 12 sonatas of Op.1 follow a pre-Classical structure, in two distinct movements, composed in a form somewhere between the Scarlatti sonata-form (a single movement in two parts) and Sonata Form as we have come to understand the term. It is possible that Ignazio was inspired by the keyboard sonatas by Pietro Domenico Paradisi, also published in London in 1754, sharing the brilliant and elegant style typical of 17th century Italian music. Massimo Gabba's discography for Brilliant has included Romantic transcriptions of Handel and the complete organ music of August Gottfried Ritter (1811-1885), both of which attest to a stylish response on suitable instruments, whatever the repertoire.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
The sonatas, by a composer I have not previously heard of, are an interesting discovery. They are not at the level of Scarlotti or Cimarosa, but definitely above the lever of organ composition at the time... The repertoire and the organ are a perfect match. One of the pleasures of CD recording it the opportunity to hear instruments like this half a world away. The organ is a good example of Italian sounds - especially the flauto and the voce umana. The full ensemble is not overbearing, and the upperwork (vigesimaseta, vigismanona) is silvery and pleasing. The music is beautifully played. This repertoire will probably appeal to lovers of historic organs.

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Recording information: Chiesa Parrochiale di San Bononio, Pozzengo (AL), Italy (08/18/2014).



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>Cirri, Ignazio : Sonatas (12) for organ, Op 1
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.