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Vincenzo Antonio Petrali (1830-1889): Organ Music / Marco Ruggeri, Serassi organ (1862), Gottolengo, Italy & Lingiardi organ (1877), Cremona, Italy

Audio Samples

  1. Petrali — Sonata in D Major $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Petrali — Adagio for Human Voice $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Petrali — Sonata in D Major (2) $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Petrali — 6 Verses for Gloria in D Major: I. Verse No. 1 $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Petrali — 6 Verses for Gloria in D Major: II. Verse No. 2 $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Petrali — 6 Verses for Gloria in D Major: III. Verse No. 3 $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Petrali — 6 Verses for Gloria in D Major: IV. Verse No. 4 $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Petrali — 6 Verses for Gloria in D Major: V. Verse No. 5 $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Petrali — 6 Verses for Gloria in D Major: VI. Verse No. 6 $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Petrali — Sonata in F Major $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Petrali — Sonata for Consumption $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Petrali — Sonata for the Offertory in C Major $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Petrali — Sonata for the Offertory in F Major $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Petrali — Sonata Final $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Petrali — Sinfonia $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Petrali — 7 Verses for Gloria in F Major: I. Verse No. 1 $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Petrali — 7 Verses for Gloria in F Major: II. Verse No. 2 $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Petrali — 7 Verses for Gloria in F Major: III. Verse No. 3 $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Petrali — 7 Verses for Gloria in F Major: IV. Verse No. 4 $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Petrali — 7 Verses for Gloria in F Major: V. Verse No. 5 $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Petrali — 7 Verses for Gloria in F Major: VI. Verse No. 6 $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Petrali — 7 Verses for Gloria in F Major: VII. Verse No. 7 $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Petrali — Andante - Pastorale $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Petrali — Allegretto for Clarinet $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Petrali — Sonata for Communion $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Petrali — Toccata in D Major $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Petrali — 4 Sonate for Evening: I. Sonata No. 1 $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Petrali — 4 Sonate for Evening: II. Sonata No. 2 $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Petrali — 4 Sonate for Evening: III. Sonata No. 3 $0.69 on iTunes
  30. Petrali — 4 Sonate for Evening: IV. Sonata No. 4 $0.69 on iTunes
  31. Petrali — Sonata for the Offertory in C Major (2) $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata for organ in D major (i)
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Adagio per Voce Umana, for organ
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata for organ in D major (ii)
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sei versetti per il Gloria
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata for organ in F major
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per la Consumazione, for organ
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per l'Offertorio, for organ in C major (i)
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per l'Offertorio, for organ in F major
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata finale, for organ
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sinfonia for organ
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Versetti (7) per il Gloria, for organ in F major
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Andante - Pastorale, for organ
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Allegretto per Clarinetto, for organ
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per la Comunione, for organ
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Toccata for organ in D major
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonate (4) per il Vespero, for organ
>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per l'Offertorio, for organ in C major (ii)
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Notes & Reviews:

A leading contemporary music critic once wrote concerning Vincenzo Antonio Petrali (1830-1889), of who's music there is only one other survey on record, "I have heard Saint Sens, Lemmens, Guilmant, Lfevre and Widor - and I have earned the right to be difficult and demanding. As an improviser, Petrali need fear no comparison: he has a highly personal, characteristic style which sets him apart as being unique." Organist Marco Ruggeri, first prize winner of the International Organ Competition of St. Elpidio a Mare and the Harpsichord Competition of Bologna, has selected repertoire from throughout Petrali's career in order to paint a vivid portrait of this extraordinary composer's development.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Vincenzo Antonio Petrali (1830-89) had a career nothing short of extraordinary: organist, improviser, conductor, composer, pianist, violinist, double-bass player, and teacher. He published an organ method in 1862 with an accompanying volume of 71 studies. This recording presents two facets of his taste as a composer for the organ. Disc 1 contains early works are in the orchestral-operatic style prevalent in mid-19th France, as exemplified by the organ pieces of the Paris organist Lefebure-Wely. Versets, pastorales, marches,offertories, communion pieces - more akin to the operetta than the church service - a style meant to entertain rather than uplift - ecclesiastical toe-tapping music - Offenbach in the church service. Ruggeri plays them with a wonderful lean, which includes the use of percussion, on an 1862 Serassi organ in Gottolengo (Brescia) Parish Church.

The pieces on Disc 2 show that Petrali eventually evolved a more serious approach, influenced by the Cecilian Movement, which called for a reform of Catholic church music. He moves away from an orchestral-operatic style to one that is more classical, concerned with the development and elaboration of the thematic material. He goes so far as to quote from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in the last verset of the Gloria in F, and Chopin's first Ballade in the Toccata in D. He plays on a large orchestral style organ built by the firm Lingiardi in 1877, which is tonally a mixture of the Italian style and Cavaille-Coll. While the approach is meant to be "serious" there is still plenty to make you smile and try to imagine what the congregation would have been thinking during the pieces written for the Offertory and Communion. The booklet offers notes on the composer and the music and the organ specifications. A delightful discovery of an unknown composer.



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Works Details

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata for organ in D major (i)
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Adagio per Voce Umana, for organ
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata for organ in D major (ii)
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sei versetti per il Gloria
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata for organ in F major
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per la Consumazione, for organ
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per l'Offertorio, for organ in C major (i)
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per l'Offertorio, for organ in F major
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata finale, for organ
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sinfonia for organ
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro al Po, Cremona, Italy (05/07/2014/05/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Versetti (7) per il Gloria, for organ in F major
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro al Po, Cremona, Italy (05/07/2014/05/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Andante - Pastorale, for organ
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro al Po, Cremona, Italy (05/07/2014/05/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Allegretto per Clarinetto, for organ
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro al Po, Cremona, Italy (05/07/2014/05/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per la Comunione, for organ
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro al Po, Cremona, Italy (05/07/2014/05/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Toccata for organ in D major
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro al Po, Cremona, Italy (05/07/2014/05/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonate (4) per il Vespero, for organ
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro al Po, Cremona, Italy (05/07/2014/05/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Petrali, Vincenzo : Sonata per l'Offertorio, for organ in C major (ii)
  • Performer: Marco Ruggeri (Organ)
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Pietro al Po, Cremona, Italy (05/07/2014/05/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic