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Trabaci: Music For Organ And Harpsichord / Francesco Cera


Release Date: 11/18/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94897   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giovanni Maria Trabaci is certainly not the best-known name to emerge out of the music of the Italian Renaissance. However, his wealth of compositions constitute a veritable treasure trove, with a vast repertoire spanning sacred masses, secular vocal works and an astonishing 165 works for keyboard. This recording brings together the best of his music for organ and harpsichord, showcasing Trabaci’s masterful use of counterpoint and extraordinary inventiveness.

The compositions featured here are remarkable for their decidedly modern characteristics. His bold use of chromaticism and thematic transformation, particularly in the toccatas, foreshadow Frescobaldi and distinguish Trabaci as a leading light of his day. The composer’s
Read more forward-looking approach is also present in his ricercares and canzonas, where his taste for dissonant harmony and carefully crafted melodic shapes come to the fore. Despite an influence of folk music, Trabaci’s compositional style remains highly original: indeed, the two collections featured here, from 1603 and 1615, are characterised by their bold and daring approach.

Organist and early music specialist Francesco Cera is expertly placed to record Trabaci’s music. Grounding his performance in extensive historical research, Cera succeeds in creating an authentic yet decidedly sensitive interpretation, using a preserved organ and a copy of a 17th-century harpsichord to attain the sound typical of the composer’s day. Previously praised for his ‘impeccable interpretative command’ (Amadeus), Cera regularly appears on Brilliant Classics, and lends an assured and authoritative touch to early keyboard music, creating a highly pleasurable experience for listeners.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2014.
- Giovanni Maria Trabaci lived from 1575 till 1647. A highly prolific composer he left a vast oeuvre of vocal and instrumental music. Especially his works for keyboard are important: his bold, forward looking style, full of daring chromatisms and unexpected harmonic turns, have paved the way for Frescobaldi and others.
- Francesco Cera plays a selection of Ricercares, Canzonas and Capriccii on this new recording. Cera is the ideal advocate of this highly original music: he knows the style inside out, and has the right dramatic approach, using a magnificent harpsichord built by Roberto Livi, as well as the historic organ built in 1570, in the Church of Sant’Antonio, Salandra, Italy.
- The booklet contains interesting information on the instruments, liner notes and the artist biography. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata seconda and Ligature by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Written: pub 1615 
2.
Toccata quarta ŕ cinque by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
3.
Toccata prima secondo tono by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
4.
Toccata prima ŕ Quattro by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
5.
Ricercata sesto tono cromatico con una fuga sola, for keyboard (Book 2) by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1615 
6.
Ricercare dell ottavo tono sopra ruggiero by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
7.
Ricercare del quarto tono by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
8.
Ricercare del nono tono by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
9.
Ricercare del decimo tono by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
10.
Partite sopra "Rugiero" by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
11.
Partite sopra "Fedele" by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
12.
Gagliarde (8) for Keyboard: Gagliarda settima by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
13.
Gagliarde (8) for Keyboard: Gagliarda quarta by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
14.
Gagliarde (8) for Keyboard: Gagliarda ottava by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
15.
Gagliarda quinta cromatica a 5 detta "La Trabacina" by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
16.
Gagliarda a 5 sopra "La mantoana" by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1615; Italy 
17.
Durezze a legature by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
18.
Conzonanze stravaganti by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
19.
Canzona francese terza by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
20.
Canzona francese settima cromatica by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
21.
Canzona francese seconda by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
22.
Canzona francese quarta by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1603; Italy 
23.
Canto fermo secondo del secondo tono by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
24.
Canto fermo primo del primo Tono, for keyboard (Book 1) by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1603 
25.
Ancidetemi pur by Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Performer:  Francesco Cera (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1615; Italy 

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