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Froberger: Suites & Toccatas / Alina Rotaru, harpsichord

Audio Samples

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Tombeau fait a Paris sur la mort de Monsieur Blancrocher, for keyboard in C minor, FbWV 632
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Partita (no 19), for keyboard in C minor, FbWV 619
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Toccata (no 2), for keyboard in D minor, FbWV 102
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 2 in D minor (from Strasbourg Manuscript)
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 12 in A minor (from Strasbourg Manuscript)
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 13 in G major (from Strasbourg Manuscript)
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Ricercare for organ
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Toccata (no 19), for keyboard in D minor, A 19
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 14 in A major (from Strasbourg Manuscript; doubtful)
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Toccata (no 11) (da sonarsi alla levitatione), for keyboard in E minor, FbWV 111

Album Summary

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Tombeau fait a Paris sur la mort de Monsieur Blancrocher, for keyboard in C minor, FbWV 632
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Partita (no 19), for keyboard in C minor, FbWV 619
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Toccata (no 2), for keyboard in D minor, FbWV 102
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 2 in D minor (from Strasbourg Manuscript)
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 12 in A minor (from Strasbourg Manuscript)
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 13 in G major (from Strasbourg Manuscript)
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Ricercare for organ
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Toccata (no 19), for keyboard in D minor, A 19
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 14 in A major (from Strasbourg Manuscript; doubtful)
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Toccata (no 11) (da sonarsi alla levitatione), for keyboard in E minor, FbWV 111
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The harpsichordist Alina Rotaru plays selected works by Johann Jacob Froberger, one of the most enigmatic composers of 17th century harpsichord music. A subject of countless speculations, his programmatic and personal music is a creation of an exquisite and sensitive mind, and points to Frobergers personal connections to thinkers and alchemists of his time. Alina Rotaru shows with her interpretation a spirited and insightful image of the brilliant and profound thinker, virtuoso and traveler Froberger was.

Fanfare Magazine
As with all Carpe Diem CDs in my experience, the engineering is exceedingly lifelike. The booklet includes an excellent essay by Wolfgang Kostujak, one of the leading experts on Froberger's music. In all, a successful second effort from this up-and-coming artist, and highly recommended.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
After reading in the liner notes about Froberger's association with the brilliant Jesuit polymath Athanasius Kircher, I was drawn to the ricercar on this disc. It is a piece that brings to life a time when, as in Kircher's intellectual world, science and mysticism were not always separate. Rotaru accentuates the piece's esoteric and earthbound aspects in equal parts. She mingles the grand sound of pillar-like organ sonorities with a style of free resonance that evokes the lute's "broken style" of playing. Her deep understanding of musical structure in the ricercar is evidenced in her acute sense of timing between sections. This release is excellent, musically satisfying, and beautifully presented.

MusicWeb International
If you have any interest in Froberger or the innovations he provided to the keyboard music of his time you should audition and acquire this disc. The rewards are endless.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Musée d'art et d'histoire, Neuchátel, Switzerland.



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Works Details

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Tombeau fait à Paris sur la mort de Monsieur Blancrocher, for keyboard in C minor, FbWV 632
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Partita (no 19), for keyboard in C minor, FbWV 619
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Toccata (no 2), for keyboard in D minor, FbWV 102
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1649

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 2 in D minor (from Strasbourg Manuscript)
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 12 in A minor (from Strasbourg Manuscript)
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 13 in G major (from Strasbourg Manuscript)
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Ricercare for organ
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Toccata (no 19), for keyboard in D minor, A 19
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Suite for harpsichord no 14 in A major (from Strasbourg Manuscript; doubtful)
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Toccata (no 11) (da sonarsi alla levitatione), for keyboard in E minor, FbWV 111
  • Performer: Alina Rotaru (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1656