Trabaci: Harpsichord and Organ Music

Trabaci: Harpsichord and Organ Music
Composer Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Artist Francesco Cera harpsichord and organ
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94897
EAN code 5028421948973
Release October 2014

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Giovanni Maria Trabaci is certainly not the best-known name to emerge out of the music of the Italian Renaissance. However, his wealth of compositions constitute a veritable treasure trove, with a vast repertoire spanning sacred masses, secular vocal works and an astonishing 165 works for keyboard. This recording brings together the best of his music for organ and harpsichord, showcasing Trabaci’s masterful use of counterpoint and extraordinary inventiveness.

The compositions featured here are remarkable for their decidedly modern characteristics. His bold use of chromaticism and thematic transformation, particularly in the toccatas, foreshadow Frescobaldi and distinguish Trabaci as a leading light of his day. The composer’s forward-looking approach is also present in his ricercares and canzonas, where his taste for dissonant harmony and carefully crafted melodic shapes come to the fore. Despite an influence of folk music, Trabaci’s compositional style remains highly original: indeed, the two collections featured here, from 1603 and 1615, are characterised by their bold and daring approach.

Organist and early music specialist Francesco Cera is expertly placed to record Trabaci’s music. Grounding his performance in extensive historical research, Cera succeeds in creating an authentic yet decidedly sensitive interpretation, using a preserved organ and a copy of a 17th-century harpsichord to attain the sound typical of the composer’s day. Previously praised for his ‘impeccable interpretative command’ (Amadeus), Cera regularly appears on Brilliant Classics, and lends an assured and authoritative touch to early keyboard music, creating a highly pleasurable experience for listeners.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2014.
- Giovanni Maria Trabaci lived from 1575 till 1647. A highly prolific composer he left a vast oeuvre of vocal and instrumental music. Especially his works for keyboard are important: his bold, forward looking style, full of daring chromatisms and unexpected harmonic turns, have paved the way for Frescobaldi and others.
- Francesco Cera plays a selection of Ricercares, Canzonas and Capriccii on this new recording. Cera is the ideal advocate of this highly original music: he knows the style inside out, and has the right dramatic approach, using a magnificent harpsichord built by Roberto Livi, as well as the historic organ built in 1570, in the Church of Sant’Antonio, Salandra, Italy.
- The booklet contains interesting information on the instruments, liner notes and the artist biography.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: I. Canzona franzesa settima cromatica
  2. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: II. Canto fermo secondo del secondo tono
  3. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: III. Consonanze stravaganti
  4. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: IV. Toccata seconda ottavo tono
  5. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: V. Canzona franzesa prima
  6. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: VI. Toccata prima secondo tono
  7. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: VII. Canzone sesta
  8. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: VIII. Ricercata nono tono con tre fughe
  9. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: IX. Durezze et ligature
  10. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: X. Canzona franzesa terza
  11. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XI. Canto fermo quarto del primo tono
  12. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XII. Ricercata del decimo tono
  13. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: I. Versetti dell’ottavo tono (Magnificat)*
  14. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: II. Ricercata del sesto tono cromatico
  15. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: III. Toccata quarta a cinque
  16. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: IV. Ricercata del primo tono con tre fughe

Disk 2

  1. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XIII. Canzona franzesa quarta
  2. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XIV. Partite sopra Fedele
  3. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XV. Canzona franzesa seconda
  4. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XVI. Canto fermo primo del primo tono
  5. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XVII. Gagliarda quarta
  6. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XVIII. Gagliarda settima
  7. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XIX. Gagliarda ottava
  8. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XX. Ricercata ottavo tono sopra Rugiero, con tre fughe
  9. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XXI. Partite sopra Rugiero
  10. Ricercate, canzone franzese, capricci, Pt. 1: XXII. Ricercata del quarto tone con tre fughe, et inganni
  11. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: V. Toccata seconda e ligature
  12. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: VI. Gagliarda terza sopra la Mantoana
  13. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: VII. Ancidetemi pur
  14. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: VIII. Gagliarda quarta alla Spagnola
  15. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: IX. Toccata prima
  16. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: X. Gagliarda quinta cromatica detta la Trabacina
  17. Ricercate e altri varij capricci, Pt. 2: XI. Ricercata quarto tono con tre fughe e suoi riversi