Pasquini: Sonate per Gravecembalo

Pasquini: Sonate per Gravecembalo
Composer Bernardo Pasquini
Artist Roberto Loreggian harpsichord & organ
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 94826
EAN code 5028421948263
Release January 2020

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This exciting release presents recently discovered works from the baroque composer Bernardo Pasquini. Brought to you by early music specialist Roberto Lorregian (Albinoni: 12 Cantatas for Soprano and Contralto Op.4, BC95600), the works in this set come from the Landsberg 215 manuscript, written between 1691 and 1702.

Pasquini (1637–1710) spent most of his life in Italy, working first as an organist for the Arciconfraternita della Morte in Tuscany, following in the footsteps of Girolamo Frescobaldi and Luzzasco Luzzaschi. He later moved to Rome to work as an organist at Santa Maria in Vallicella and worked for Pope Alexander VII at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, before he was hired by Prince Giovanni Battista Borghese. Word of Pasquini’s exceptional talent as an organist and harpsichordist travelled beyond the borders of his home country, andcommissions flooded in from wealthy patrons including the cardinals Flavio Chigi, Benedetto Pamphilj and Pietro Ottoboni, Queen Christina of Sweden, Prince Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna and the Duke of Modena Francesco II d’Este.

The compositions in Landsberg 215 were likely used for educational purposes. Performed in order, the first CD contains pieces in an imitative contrapuntal style, followed by a study of different genres. The final CD features traditional 17th-century instrumental music. Their titles indicate the recipients of the pieces, for example Allemanda per il Danese (for the Dane), or the piece’s destination Toccata per Spagna (for Spain). Sometimes we can more accurately identify the receiver of the piece: Toccata con lo scherzo del cucco was gifted to John Clerk, the baronet of Penicuik, a Scottish nobleman who met the composer during a trip to Rome and who was also tutored by Angelo Corelli. Interestingly, Pasquini has added a personalised touch to Clerk’s piece: ‘Penicuik’ in ancient Celtic means ‘cuckoo hill’, and the main theme of the piece is a descending minor third, much like the call of the cuckoo.

In this performance Roberto Lorregian recreates the sound of late-17th-century Italy, playing a copy of a harpsichord by Rome-based maker Giovanni Battista Giusti and the 1713 G. Bonatti organ at Rezzato in northern Italy. This set offers us a fine example of baroque keyboard music and an insight into Pasquini’s life as a teacher, whose monumental influence radiated across Europe.

Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710) was an Italian composer of opera and church music. A renowned virtuoso keyboard player in his day he was one of the most important Italian composers for harpsichord and organ between Frescobaldi and Scarlatti.
This new recording on 5 CDs offers the complete works for keyboard, a sumptuous collection of diverse musical forms like Toccata, Partita, Variations, Ricercares, Canzonas, Passacaglias and separate dance forms like Allemande and Corrente. The music is in rich Italian style with the emphasis on melody and cantilena.
Roberto Loreggian plays alternatively on harpsichord and organ, a Bonatti di Rezzato instrument from 1713.
Roberto Loreggian is one of the foremost keyboard players of Italy. He successfully recorded complete keyboard cycles by Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Galuppi and others.

Recorded in 2019.
Includes a liner note by musicologist Arnaldo Morelli and a performance note by the artist.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Bernardo Pasquini: Fantasia la, mifa fa
  2. Bernardo Pasquini: Variazioni d’invenzione in D. sol re
  3. Bernardo Pasquini: Canzona francese in c. sol fa ut
  4. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata in f. fa ut
  5. Bernardo Pasquini: Canzona francese in f fa ut
  6. Bernardo Pasquini: Fantasia in e, la, mi
  7. Bernardo Pasquini: Corrente con variazione in A. la, mi, re
  8. Bernardo Pasquini: Capriccio in G. sol, re, ut
  9. Bernardo Pasquini: Capriccio breve in G. sol, re, ut
  10. Bernardo Pasquini: Bergamasca
  11. Bernardo Pasquini: Sarabanda
  12. Bernardo Pasquini: Partite diverse sopra allemande

Disk 2

  1. Bernardo Pasquini: Canzona francese
  2. Bernardo Pasquini: Variazioni
  3. Bernardo Pasquini: Variazioni per fiorenza
  4. Bernardo Pasquini: Tastata per l’inglese
  5. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata seconda
  6. Bernardo Pasquini: Tastata quarta per francia
  7. Bernardo Pasquini: Variazioni per francia
  8. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata quinta
  9. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata sesta
  10. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata settima
  11. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata ottava
  12. Bernardo Pasquini: Tastata per l’inglese
  13. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda per l’inglese di scozia – altre di seguito

Disk 3

  1. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata per Monaco
  2. Bernardo Pasquini: Variazioni capricciose in C. sol fa ut
  3. Bernardo Pasquini: Ricercare con la fuga in più modi
  4. Bernardo Pasquini: Ricercare in D. sol re
  5. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata terza
  6. Bernardo Pasquini: Partite diverse di follia
  7. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata per lo scozzese
  8. Bernardo Pasquini: Passagagli per petronilla
  9. Bernardo Pasquini: Variazioni per petronilla
  10. Bernardo Pasquini: Variazioni

Disk 4

  1. Bernardo Pasquini: Variazioni per il paggio todesco in G Minor
  2. Bernardo Pasquini: Mandata in Germania al baron d’artich – Al medesimo
  3. Bernardo Pasquini: Tastata per lo scozzese
  4. Bernardo Pasquini: Altra toccata per il medesimo
  5. Bernardo Pasquini: Allemanda per il danese – Per il medesimo – Per il medesimo –Per il medesimo – Per il medesimo – Per il medesimo
  6. Bernardo Pasquini: Altra per me – Bizzarria
  7. Bernardo Pasquini: Tastata per il signor Melani per Genova
  8. Bernardo Pasquini: Tastata per milone
  9. Bernardo Pasquini: Tastata per milone
  10. Bernardo Pasquini: Bizzarria
  11. Bernardo Pasquini: Per milione
  12. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda per lo scozzese
  13. Bernardo Pasquini: Partite del saltarello
  14. Bernardo Pasquini: Tastata scozzese
  15. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda per lo scozzese – *** – *** – ***
  16. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda scozzese – Corrente – ***
  17. Bernardo Pasquini: Tastata
  18. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda – Corrente
  19. Bernardo Pasquini: Altra alemanda – Corrente – ***
  20. Bernardo Pasquini: Altra – Alemanda
  21. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda
  22. Bernardo Pasquini: Bizzarria
  23. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda – Corrente – ***
  24. Bernardo Pasquini: Bizzarria
  25. Bernardo Pasquini: Partite di bergamasca
  26. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda IX – Corrente – Altra
  27. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda per la medesima – *** – Altra – Altra – Altra – Altra
  28. Bernardo Pasquini: Altre (variazioni) per la medesima

Disk 5

  1. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata con lo scherzo del cucco per lo scozzese
  2. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata ad istanza del melani
  3. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata per spagna
  4. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata per milone
  5. Bernardo Pasquini: Aria
  6. Bernardo Pasquini: Per lo scozzese
  7. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda
  8. Bernardo Pasquini: Passagagli per lo scozzese
  9. Bernardo Pasquini: Bizzarria – Variazione
  10. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda VIII – Corrente – *** – Altra
  11. Bernardo Pasquini: Toccata
  12. Bernardo Pasquini: Alemanda X – Corrente – ***
  13. Bernardo Pasquini: Fuga per D. Giovanni Ruffo
  14. Bernardo Pasquini: Aria allegra – Aria – Altra – Altra – Aria per il nipotino di Mons. Ruffo –Altra per il medesimo – Altra per il medesimo
  15. Bernardo Pasquini: Passagagli per il nipotino di Mons. Ruffo
  16. Bernardo Pasquini: Aria Prima – Aria Seconda – Aria Terza – Aria Quarta – Aria Quinta –Aria Sesta – Aria Settima – Aria ottava