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Claudio Merulo: Opera Omnia Per Organo, Vol. 1

Stefano Molardi
Release Date: 07/01/2004 
Label:  Divox   Catalog #: 70309/106   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousClaudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In May 2004 was the 400th anniversary of the death of Claudio Merulo (1533-1604), a great organist and composer of the Renaissance times. We are pleased to present the world premiere recording of the complete organ works of Merulo. These works represent the complete range of musical development of compositions for keyboard instruments in the 16th century. Since their quality had no equal at that time, Merulo?s opus is of immense importance for the history of music. Tapping the full potential of the then usual forms of expression and structure, Claudio Merulo ? a contemporary of Gabrieli and his colleague as ?maestro di cappella? at the Marcus Cathedral in Venice ? was an important pathfinder in a highly creative era. And he opened up a new Read more one: the Baroque period.

On the Divox recording, Stefano Molardi plays on a organ built in 1533 (Merulo?s year of birth), located at the church of S.S. Corpo di Cristo in Valvasone (province of Pordenone, Friaul), that is not only in good condition but also under a mouments protection order issued by the Ministry of Culture and the patronage of the Italian president.

It is one of the three oldest and best-preserved instruments still extant in Europe. This organ had met the Venetian taste in music and aesthetics of the Renaissance offering bright and shimmering as well as deep and warm timbres.

Stefano Molardi, prize winner of important national and international organ competitions, is a promising young interpreter. He has intensively studied Ancient Music both as an interpreter and a musicologist and was awarded several prizes for his recordings.

The recording technique used the cutting-edge Aurophony 2+2+2® multi-channel standard, which allows three-dimensional listening. Detailed information: http://www.2plus2plus2.info as well as the by now wide-spread high resolution of 24 bit-96 kHz technology.

Tracklisting:

Content 6:07
Languissans 8:03
Ricercar del settimo tuono 7:59
La Pargoletta 3:18
Toccata qttava (1598) 6:31
Toccata prima (1598) 5:23
Ricercar del secundo tuono 8:28
La Gratiosa 4:11
Petit Jacquet 4:54
La Leonora 3:04
Toccata terza (1598) 4:56
Toccata settima (1604) 4:50
Ricercar del ottavo tuono 6:53
La Cortese 4:03
Toccata quinta (1598) 3:33
La Seula 4:45
La Pazza 2:50
Toccata prima (1598) 5:50
Toccata quarta (1604) 6:26
La Radivila 4:14
Ricercar del terzo tuono 8:47
L'Arconadia 2:53
La Palma 2:33
La Scarampa 3:26
Toccata settima (1604) 7:41
Toccata nona (1598) 5:46
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Works on This Recording

1. Petit Jacquet (from Il Vero modo di diminuir) by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2. Toccata for organ No. 1 in tone 1 (Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 1) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3. Ricercar del secondo tuono, for organ by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. La Gratiosa, canzona by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5. La Leonora, canzona by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6. Toccata for organ No. 3 in tone 2 (Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 1) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7. Toccata for organ No. 3 in tone duodecimo detto sesto (Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 2) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
8. Ricercar dell'ottavo tuono, for organ by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9. La Cortese, chanson setting for keyboard by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
10. Toccata for organ No. 5 in tone 2 (Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 1) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11. La Seula, chanson setting for keyboard by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12. La Pazza, for organ (Canzoni d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 2) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1606 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
13. Toccata for organ No. 1 in tone 5 by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
14. Toccata for organ No. 4 in tone duodecimo detto sesto (Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 2) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
15. La Radivila, chanson setting for keyboard by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
16. Ricercar del terzo tuono, for organ by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
17. L'Arconadia, chanson setting for keyboard by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
18. La Palma, chanson setting for keyboard by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
19. La Scarampa, chanson setting for keyboard by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
20. Toccata for organ No. 7 in tone 8 (Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 2) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
21. Toccata for organ No. 9 in tone 4 (Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 1) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
22. Content, chanson setting for keyboard by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
23. Languissans, je déplore mes jours, for harpsichord (after Thomas Créquillon) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
24. Ricercar del settimo tuono, for organ by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
25. La Pargoletta, chanson setting for keyboard by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
26. Toccata for organ No. 8 in tone 4 (Toccate d'intavolatura d'organo, Book 1) by Claudio Merulo
Performer:  Stefano Molardi (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Duomo di Valvasone, Pordenone, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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