Neapolitan Organ Music

Neapolitan Organ Music
Composer Domenico Scarlatti, Francesco Durante, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Gian Francesco de Majo, Niccolo Porpora, Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli, Paolo Altieri
Artist Emanuele Cardi organ
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94622
EAN code 5028421946221
Release July 2013

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From the 17th to 19th centuries Naples was counted among the European capitals of music; traditions of both composition and performance were fostered, supporting a local culture that was hungry for music, and the city’s conservatoires started to produce musicians who occupied positions of prestige both in their home city and at the courts and theatres across the continent.

Out of the recently founded ‘Neapolitan School’ came a wealth of celebrated composers as well as the gradual romanticisation of the organ, which acquired new ‘concert stops’ in addition to a complete pedalboard; this release focuses on bringing to light the variety of music that started to be written for the newly improved instrument. As well as including the esteemed names of Pergolesi, Scarlatti and Durante, the recording takes in contemporaries whose music proves no less lively or elegant: from Porpora, particularly famed for his vocal music, to de Majo, from Alitieri to Zingarelli, the latter of whose sonatas reflect the prevalent style galante, the lively and brilliant style of the works draws attention to the then dominance of operatic culture across all musical genres.

The pieces are performed by keyboardist Emanuele Cardi, a Renaissance and Baroque specialist who also takes an active interest in the restoration of ancient organs. The recording was made in the Church of San Nicola di Bari in Italy, whose 1889 Giuseppe Picardi organ faithfully reflects the stylistic evolution detailed above.

Other information:
- Recorded 27–28 January 2013.
- A fascinating picture of musical life in Naples in the second half of the 18th century. Naples was then one of the musical capitals of Europe, housing a wealth of musicians, composers and an audience hungry for new music.
- The new style, as introduced by composers like Pergolesi, Scarlatti and Durante was a brilliant mixture of elegance, wit and the innate Italian flair for a good tune.
- Organist Emanuele Cardi finds the right sunny touch on the historic Giuseppe Picardi Organ (1889) in Bari, Italy.
Booklet contains information on the works, the organ and the artist.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Gian Francesco de Majo: Sonata No. 9 in G Minor: I. [Without Tempo Indication]
  2. Gian Francesco de Majo: Sonata No. 9 in G Minor: II. Balletto allegro
  3. Gian Francesco de Majo: Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat Major: I. Largo - II. Allegro - III.Minué - IV. Allegro
  4. Domenico Scarlatti: Fugue in D Minor, Kk. 41
  5. Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in D Major, Kk. 288
  6. Francesco Durante: Sonata in D Major
  7. Francesco Durante: Toccata in D Minor
  8. Niccolo Porpora: Fugue No. 2 in G Major
  9. Niccolo Porpora: Fugue No. 6 in C Major
  10. Niccolo Porpora: Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major
  11. Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Organ Sonata in G Major
  12. Paolo Altieri: Sonata No. 2 in C Major: Commodo
  13. Paolo Altieri: Sonata No. 14 in D Minor: Andante
  14. Paolo Altieri: Sonata No. 18 in B-Flat Major: Andante
  15. Paolo Altieri: Sonata No. 19 in D Major: Allegro
  16. Paolo Altieri: Sonata No. 20 in A Minor: Andante
  17. Paolo Altieri: Sonata No. 24 in B-Flat Major: Allegretto
  18. Paolo Altieri: Sonata No. 25 in D Major: Andante con moto
  19. Paolo Altieri: Organ Sonatina in G Major: Andante
  20. Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli: Pastorale in D Major for Organ
  21. Gian Francesco de Majo: Sonata No. 6 in F Major: I. [Without Tempo Indication]
  22. Gian Francesco de Majo: Sonata No. 6 in F Major: II. Andantino amoroso