Spergher: Organ and Harpsichord Music

Spergher: Organ and Harpsichord Music
Composer Ignazio Spergher
Artist Chiara Minali organ & harpsichord
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 95834
EAN code 5028421958347
Release June 2019

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About this release

First recordings of sonatas for organ and harpsichord by a forgotten Italian composer on the cusp of the Baroque and Classical eras.

Ignazio – or Ignaz, in some sources – Spergher was born in 1734 in the northern Italian town of Treviso. There, by and large, though even before his death in 1804 his music had crossed national boundaries to delight audiences across Europe. As chapel master and then organist at the city’s cathedral in the late 1700s he produced an output of vocal and instrumental music, most of which was destroyed when the cathedral’s library was burnt down during air raids in 1944.

There remain, however, the six Op.1 Sonatas published in Venice in 1786 with which Chiara Minali begins her survey of Spergher’s surviving music, the most comprehensive yet. These are three-movement pieces written in the Venetian organ tradition of the 18th century. The manuscript of his Op.6 sonatas for harpsichord avoided the Chapter House holocaust by having been sent to Vienna in 1845, and then Minali completes the set with assorted sonatas from different sources, all of them attesting to Spergher’s lively invention.

Chiara Minali’s previous work for Brilliant Classics includes the complete organ sonatas of Benedetto Marcello: a 3CD set (BC95277) that was warmly welcomed in the Italian press for Minali’s lively sense of style, beautifully sprung rhythmic
playing and lively choice of registration on a historically appropriate instrument.
On this recording she plays an organ made by Antonio Zanchi in the 18th century for the parish church of Paderno di Ponzano in the Veneto region which was Spergher’s home. The harpsichord sonatas were recorded on a modern copy of a 17th-century model in the Oratory of St Elizabeth in Verona.

Ignazio Spergher (1734-1808) spent his entire life in his native town Treviso, where he was a highly respected singer, keyboard player, teacher and composer, a pupil of the great theorist Giordano Riccati.
This 3CD set presents Spergher’s keyboard music, for both organ and harpsichord. The 6 organ sonatas Op. 1 are delightful works in classical/galante style, written in 3 movements fast-slow-fast. The fast movements contain contrasting episodes of “Tutti” and “Concertino”, whereas the slow movements abound in sweet cantilene melodies entrusted to the “vox humana” register.
The works for harpsichord are charming pieces used as “Hausmusik”, in the pleasing Venetian style of Galuppi and Luchesi.
Played on the Bazzani-Aletti-Zanin organ of the Parish Church of Paderno (Treviso) built in 1903 by the Aletti brothers, embodying much of the earlier 1845 Bazzani organ. The harpsichord used is a copy of a Giusti instrument of 1681, made by Roberto Mattiazzio. The specifications of the instruments are included in the booklet.
Chiara Minali previously recorded organ works by Benedetto Marcello for Brilliant Classics.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro
  2. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1: II. Andante sostenuto
  3. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1: III. Allegro
  4. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro
  5. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 1: II. Andantino espressivo
  6. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 1: III. Allegro brillante
  7. Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro
  8. Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 1: II. Rondò andante
  9. Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 1: III. Allegro vivace
  10. Sonata No. 4 in D Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro
  11. Sonata No. 4 in D Major, Op. 1: II. Andantino
  12. Sonata No. 4 in D Major, Op. 1: III. Allegro spiritoso
  13. Sonata No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro con brio
  14. Sonata No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 1: II. Andante grazioso
  15. Sonata No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 1: III. Allegro con brio
  16. Sonata No. 6 in C Major, Op. 1: I. Allegro
  17. Sonata No. 6 in C Major, Op. 1: II. Rondò andante
  18. Sonata No. 6 in C Major, Op. 1: III. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 6: I. Rondò – Allegretto
  2. Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 6: II. Andantino
  3. Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 6: III. Allegro svelto
  4. Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 6: I. Allegro svelto
  5. Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 6: II. Rondò – Andantino grazioso
  6. Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 6: III. Presto
  7. Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 6: I. Andante
  8. Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 6: II. Amoroso
  9. Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 6: III. Allegro con spirit
  10. Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Op. 6: I. Allegro aperto
  11. Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Op. 6: II. Rondò – Andante con brio
  12. Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Op. 6: III. Allegro vivace
  13. Sonata No. 5 in G Major, Op. 6: I. Allegro
  14. Sonata No. 5 in G Major, Op. 6: II. Andantino grazioso
  15. Sonata No. 5 in G Major, Op. 6: III. Allegro
  16. Sonata No. 6 in D Major, Op. 6: I. Allegro vivace
  17. Sonata No. 6 in D Major, Op. 6: II. Andante con moto
  18. Allegro in C Major
  19. Sonata in B-Flat Major: I. Andantino con brio
  20. Sonata in B-Flat Major: II. Adagio
  21. Sonata in B-Flat Major: III. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Sinfonia in C Major: I. Allegro
  2. Sinfonia in C Major: II. Andantino
  3. Sinfonia in C Major: III. Allegro con brio
  4. 9 Sonatas for Organ: I. Rondò-andantino mosso in C Major
  5. 9 Sonatas for Organ: II. Andantino con brio in C Major
  6. 9 Sonatas for Organ: III. Cantabile in B-Flat Major
  7. 9 Sonatas for Organ: IV. Rondò-grazioso in B-Flat Major
  8. 9 Sonatas for Organ: V. Allegro con brio in C Major
  9. 9 Sonatas for Organ: VI. Allegretto moderato in B-Flat Minor
  10. 9 Sonatas for Organ: VII. Allegro ma non tanto in F Major
  11. 9 Sonatas for Organ: VIII. Senza indicazione in D Major
  12. 9 Sonatas for Organ: IX. Andante grazioso in B-Flat Major
  13. 6 Sonatas for Organ: I. Allegro in B-Flat Major
  14. 6 Sonatas for Organ: II. Allegretto in F Major
  15. 6 Sonatas for Organ: III. Spiritoso in D Major
  16. 6 Sonatas for Organ: IV. Allegro in G Major
  17. 6 Sonatas for Organ: V. Rondò brillante in A Major
  18. 6 Sonatas for Organ: VI. Allegro vivace in C Major
  19. 3 Sonatas from the Fondo Sartori: I. Andante espressivo in E-Flat Major
  20. 3 Sonatas from the Fondo Sartori: II. Senza indicazione in C Major
  21. 3 Sonatas from the Fondo Sartori: III. Andantino sostenuto in C Major
  22. Pastorale in A Major