Notes & Reviews:
Polibio Fumagalli (1830-1900) was one of the most important exponents of nineteenth century Italian music. He held important posts in Milan, and as organ teacher at the Conservatory and organist of the S. Celso he was in close contact and collaboration with the famous organ builder Giuseppe Bernasconi, with whom he helped to develop the "symphonic" or "orchestra" organ, with its registers imitating orchestral instruments. This new recording presents two of Fumagalli's organ sonatas, in classical/romantic style, as well as the complete cycle "Ascetica Musicale," character pieces of great charm and lyricism, using the full potential of the "orchestra" organ. These works are played with great imagination by Italian organist Marco Ruggeri on two historical Bernasconi organs, built in 1885 and 1892.