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Michelangelo Rossi (1602-1656): Toccatas and Correntes for Organ and Harpsichord / Riccardo Castagnetti, organ & harpsichord

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  1. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: I. Toccata prima (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: II. Corrente prima (O.) $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: III. Toccata seconda (O.) $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: IV. Corrente seconda (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: V. Toccata terza (O.) $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: VI. Corrente terza (O.) $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: VII. Toccata quarta (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: VIII. Corrente quarta (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: IX. Toccata quinta (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: X. Corrente quinta (O.) $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XI. Toccata sesta (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XII. Corrente sesta (O.) $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XIII. Toccata settima (O.) $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XIV. Corrente settima (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XV. Toccata ottava (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XVI. Corrente ottava (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XVII. Toccata nona (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XVIII. Corrente nona (O.) $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XIX. Toccata decima (O.) $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XX. Corrente decima (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XXI. Corrente sesta (C.) $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Michelangelo Rossi — 10 correnti per Cembalo od Organo: XXII. Occata quarta (O.) $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata no 1 for keyboard
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 1
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 2
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente no 2 (Toccate e Correnti d'Intavolatura d'organo e cembalo)
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 3
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 4
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata no 4 in G minor (Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo (Rome, 1657)
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 5
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 5
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata no 6 in G major (Toccate e corrrenti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo)
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 7
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 8
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 8
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 9
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 9
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 10
>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente decima, for harpsichord
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Notes & Reviews:

The "Toccate e Correnti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo", probably published around 1634, are the only surviving publication of keyboard music by Michelangelo Rossi (c.1601-1656). Rossi's frequent use of unexpected harmonic turns, expressive chromaticism, dissonances with unusual resolutions, and abrupt changes of texture, is an evident sign of Gesualdo's influence on his musical language. Rossi was also a Genovese contemporary of Girolamo Frescobaldi, who exercised a strong underlying influence on Bach. In their toccatas Frescobaldi and Rossi tried to create what might be called a 'keyboard madrigal', which are not transcriptions of texts but share with that genre a powerfully expressive appeal far distant from contemporary, dryly functional dances and toccatas. The toccatas are highly elaborated and developed fantasias, whereas the correnti, as their name implies, are simple, pacy little numbers, most of them barely more than a minute long. All the pieces in the Toccate e Correnti are playable both on the harpsichord and on the organ. On this new recording, Riccardo Castagnetti plays a harpsichord made by Alberto Vanini in 1992, a copy of an instrument built in 1697 by Carlo Grimaldi. The organ is that of the Basilica di Santa Barbara in Mantua, built in 1565 by Graziadio Antegnati and restored by Giorgio Carli in 1995-2006. In order to show the different expressive resources of each instrument, Castagnetti includes a double version of two works, each recorded on both organ and harpsichord: the differences make for fascinating comparative listening.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Riccardo Castegnetti's interpretive choices are flawless. He performs the pieces in order (Toccata 1; Corrente 1; Toccata 2; Corrente 2; and so on). Some toccatas and some correntes are played on organ and some of each on harpsichord. Castagnetti puts the wealth of Rossi's colorful vocabulary - enriched by tensions in the unequal meantone tuning - on full display... Riccardo Castagnetti has complete mastery of the style and idiom. He plays with just the right technique to balance the imitative and declamatory sections and also handle the clashing dissonances and unexpected key leaps convincingly with anticipation and flow but with no distortion or over-exaggeration. Cascades of notes are appropriately like a whirlwind, dances are spirited and gay, uneven semitones are savored, and all resources of both instruments are on full display.



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Works Details

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata no 1 for keyboard
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 1
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 2
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente no 2 (Toccate e Correnti d'Intavolatura d'organo e cembalo)
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 3
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 4
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata no 4 in G minor (Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo (Rome, 1657)
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 4
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 5
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 5
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata no 6 in G major (Toccate e corrrenti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo)
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata no 4 in G minor (Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo (Rome, 1657)
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 7
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 8
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 8
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 9
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente No 9
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata No 10
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Corrente decima, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rossi, Michelangelo : Toccata no 4 in G minor (Toccate e corenti d'intavolatura d'organo e cimbalo (Rome, 1657)
  • Performer: Riccardo Castagnetti (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1630s