Petrali: Organ Music (1)

Petrali: Organ Music (1)
Composer Vincenzo Petrali
Artist Paolo Bottini organ
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95613
EAN code 5028421956138
Release November 2020

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Vincenzo Petrali (1830-1889) was an organist-composer active in the north of Italy. Acclaimed in his own time as a master improviser, the equal in this regard to French contemporaries such as Guilmant and Widor, he left a small, beautifully crafted body of original work for ecclesiastical use, around a third of it presented on this new album. He wrote two organ Masses in the tradition of 17th-century Venetian school composers such as Merula and Merulo, in which each verse of the text and its associated Gregorian chant inspires an instrumental meditation: Paolo Bottini has recorded the lesser-known F major Mass, which includes an especially dramatic, march-like Sonata for the Offertory and an ebullient final Allegro festoso. language of his own time, drawing on both symphonic and operatic styles. However, he belonged to the Cecilian movement, exemplified by the sacred works of Mendelssohn, which sought to establish a new and distinctive idiom for church composition, which is heard to best effect in a quartet of Communion pieces at the end of CD1, which fully exploit the size and array of tone-colours available to him on the newly built instruments of the time.

In this spirit Petrali also composed 71 studies ‘for the modern organ’, collected in two volumes, and Paolo Bottini presents almost half of them on CD2. While composed with didactic purposes in mind, training pedal technique, introspection or melancholy but often rhythmic precision, sensitivity and imagination in handling different registers and stops and the like, the studies are delightful character pieces in their own right, not much given to surprisingly sunny in character. 

Aside from the Gloria of the F major Organ Mass, there is almost no overlap between this new recording and the Brilliant Classics collection of Petrali’s organ music played by Marco Ruggeri (95160), making it an essential complement for organ buffs in possession of the previous volume, which won enthusiastic reviews: ‘Marco Ruggeri is an ideal interpreter here, completely simpatico with the varied requirements of this repertoire… [The album] sheds a welcome light on a little-known side-line of 19th-century Italian musical life.’ Fanfare, May 2016

Vincenzo Antonio Petrali (1830-1889) was an important musical figure of 19-th century Italy. He was a highly gifted organist, pianist, violinist, conductor, composer and teacher. A virtuoso organist and improviser he wrote a large number of organ works, specifically for use on the newly built Italian organs.

Petrali’s organ music is always characterized by great structural formality. His style evolved from a taste, in his early works, for orchestral-operatic elements, to music influenced by the reforms of the Cecilian movement, which sought to revive Gregorian chant in Catholic worship. The titles of many of his works link to the liturgy of the mass, but in reality these were concert pieces, in grand romantic style.

This new recording presents Petrali’s Messa Solenne for organ, as well as a selection of 34 Etudes for the Modern Organ.

Played on 3 historical Lingiardi organs, dating from the time of composition of the music, instruments with which the composers was well acquainted, by organist Paolo Bottini, who already successfully recorded CDs for Brilliant Classics with keyboard works by Pescetti and Valeri.

The complete technical specifications of the organs are included in the booklet.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Vincenzo Petrali: Messa solenne in F Major: I. Preludio
  2. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il kyrie: I. Poco andante
  3. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il kyrie: II. Andantino
  4. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il kyrie: III. Andante mosso
  5. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il Gloria: I. Allegro pomposo
  6. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il Gloria: II. Andantino
  7. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il Gloria: III. Allegretto moderato
  8. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il Gloria: IV. Poco andante
  9. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il Gloria: V. Andantino religioso
  10. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il Gloria: VI. Allegretto grazioso
  11. Vincenzo Petrali: Versetti per il Gloria: VII. Allegro vivo
  12. Vincenzo Petrali: Preludio per l’epistola, allegro molto moderato
  13. Vincenzo Petrali: Sonata per l’offertorio, poco adagio – Allegro
  14. Vincenzo Petrali: Elevazione, andante mosso
  15. Vincenzo Petrali: Sonata per la comunione, allegro moderato
  16. Vincenzo Petrali: Sonata finale, allegro festoso
  17. Vincenzo Petrali: Pastorale per l’elevazione, andantino
  18. Vincenzo Petrali: Sonata per la comunione in A Major, allegretto moderato
  19. Vincenzo Petrali: Andante per l’elevazione, andante
  20. Vincenzo Petrali: Marcia per dopo la messa, allegro marziale

Disk 2

  1. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: I. Andante assai tranquillo
  2. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: II. Andante religioso
  3. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: III. Moderato
  4. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: IV. Moderato assai
  5. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: V. Allegretto grazioso
  6. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: VI. Allegretto
  7. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: VII. Adagio religioso
  8. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: VIII. Andante cantabile
  9. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: IX. Allegretto grazioso
  10. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: X. Moderato marziale
  11. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: XI. Allegro con fuoco
  12. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: XII. Allegro vivo
  13. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: XIII. Andantino cantabile
  14. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: XIV. —
  15. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo moderno, libro 2. No. 15, studi per l’organo semplice: XV. Allegro vivace
  16. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XXII. Andantino
  17. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XXIII. Allegretto
  18. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XXXIV. Andante mosso
  19. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XXXV. Allegro moderato
  20. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XXXVI. Adagio
  21. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XXXVII. Allegro
  22. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XXXVIII. Allegro
  23. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XXXIX. Adagio
  24. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XL. Allegro
  25. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XLI. Adagio
  26. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XLII. Allegro
  27. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XLIII. Andante
  28. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XLIV. Vivace
  29. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XLV. Moderato
  30. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XLVI. Moderato
  31. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XLVII. Allegro moderato
  32. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XLVIII. Andante sostenuto
  33. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: XLIX. Adagio
  34. Vincenzo Petrali: Studi per l’organo modern, libro 1. No. 50 studi per il ripieno: L. Allegro