Marcello: Complete Sonatas for Organ and Harpsichord

Marcello: Complete Sonatas for Organ and Harpsichord
Composer Benedetto Marcello
Artist Chiara Minali organ
Laura Farabollini harpsichord
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 95277
EAN code 5028421952772
Release September 2018

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Historically informed performances of poised and inventive keyboard music from the Golden Age of the Venetian Baroque.

The epitome of a Renaissance man, Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739) won success and acclaim as a poet, writer, musician, lawyer, judge, administrator and philologist. Though his keyboard sonatas have appeared on several recorded collections of the Italian Baroque, they have rarely been presented in a comprehensive manner. In doing so, this album celebrates the personal even idiosyncratic style of a composer whose technical accomplishment facilitates rather than stifling his creative voice.

The 12 Sonatas were later published as Op.3. They date from early in Marcello’s career, and are mostly cast in three andfour brief movements, though the first and last of them, in D minor and C minor respectively, feature more extended forms. The minor-key sonatas are generally more dramatic and varied in mood; two complementary performances of the G minor Sonata afford the opportunity to compare the tone-colours of the different instruments used on the recording.

There are several sonatas not belonging to the Op.3 collection which are less often heard, and their inclusion here is valuable, alongside Marcello’s magnificent chaconne, subtitled ‘La stravaganza’: a 15-minute tour-de-force of keyboard invention.

The album is enhanced by a vivid account of Marcello’s music, life and career, written by the harpsichordist Laura Farabollini. On this recording she plays a modern Italian copy of a late-18th century French instrument by Taskin, with two manuals and four registers. Chiara Minali plays an organ built by Gio’ Batta Sona in 1812, in the Cornu Evangelii choir of the parish church of San Pietro in Cattedra at Valeggio sul Mincio near Verona.

From an early age Benedetto Marcello (Venice 1686 - Brescia 1739) proved to be a man of great versatility: a poet, writer, musician, lawyer, judge, administrator and philologist, holding important posts in these functions during his entire life. As a composer he wrote a substantial oeuvre, covering all important fields of composition: sacred and secular choral works, opera and a large body of instrumental music.
This 3CD set presents Marcello’s complete works for keyboard, both harpsichord and organ: the 12 Sonatas for harpsichord and a variety of works specifically written for organ. The Sonatas are in 3 or 4 movements, the slow movements showing an elegant lyricism, while the fast movements brim with vivacious energy.
Played by two expert Italian musicians: organist Chiara Minali on an 1812 Gio’ Batta Sona organ, and Laura Farabollini, who already recorded to great critical acclaim the complete keyboard works by Zipoli for Brilliant Classics.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata I in D Minor: I. Largo
  2. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata I in D Minor: II. Allegro
  3. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata I in D Minor: III. Presto
  4. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VIII in B-Flat Major: I. Adagio
  5. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VIII in B-Flat Major: II. Vivace
  6. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VIII in B-Flat Major: III. Presto
  7. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VIII in B-Flat Major: IV. Allegro
  8. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata IV in G Minor: I. Toccata
  9. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata IV in G Minor: II. Allegro
  10. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata IV in G Minor: III. Vivace e presto
  11. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata IV in G Minor: IV. Giga. Presto
  12. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VI in D Minor: I. Allegro
  13. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VI in D Minor: II. Presto
  14. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VI in D Minor: III. Presto
  15. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata IX in A Major: I. Largo
  16. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata IX in A Major: II. Presto
  17. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata IX in A Major: III. Presto
  18. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata IX in A Major: IV. Allegro
  19. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata X in G Minor: I. Allegro
  20. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata X in G Minor: II. Largo ma vivace
  21. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata X in G Minor: III. Presto

Disk 2

  1. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata II in G Major: I. Largo ma vivace
  2. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata II in G Major: II. Presto
  3. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata II in G Major: III. Allegro
  4. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata II in G Major: IV. Presto
  5. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata III in C Major: I. Andante
  6. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata III in C Major: II. Allegro
  7. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata III in C Major: III. Allegro
  8. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata V in F Major: I. Largo ma vivace
  9. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata V in F Major: II. Allegro
  10. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata V in F Major: III. Allegro
  11. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata V in F Major: IV. Presto
  12. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VII in A Minor: I. Presto-Adagio
  13. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VII in A Minor: II. Cantabile e largo
  14. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VII in A Minor: III. Allegro
  15. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VII in A Minor: IV. Presto
  16. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata VII in A Minor: V. Minuetto
  17. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata XI in D Major: I. Largo ma vivace
  18. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata XI in D Major: II. Allegro
  19. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata XI in D Major: III. Presto
  20. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata XI in D Major: IV. Prestissimo
  21. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata XII in C Minor: I. Presto
  22. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata XII in C Minor: II. Largo
  23. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata XII in C Minor: III. Presto
  24. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata XII in C Minor: IV. Prestissimo

Disk 3

  1. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata di sua eccellenza Benedetto Marcello in C Major
  2. Benedetto Marcello: Ciaccona
  3. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata del signor Benedetto Marcello in C Minor: I. Preludio
  4. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata del signor Benedetto Marcello in C Minor: II. Allegro
  5. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata del Signor Benedetto Marcello in G Major: I. Allegro
  6. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata del Signor Benedetto Marcello in G Major: I. Presto
  7. Benedetto Marcello: Variationi, o partite per il cembalo ò organo del signor Benedetto Marcello Nobile Veneto
  8. Benedetto Marcello: Fuga per organo del signor Benedetto Marcello Nobile Veneto in G Minor
  9. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata del sig. Benedetto Marcello in G Major
  10. Benedetto Marcello: Fuga per organo del signor Benedetto Marcello in E Minor
  11. Benedetto Marcello: Sonata di organo del sig. Benedetto Marcello in C Major