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Handel: Romantic Organ Transcriptions / Massimo Gabba

Handel / Massimo Gabba
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94709   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelFelix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Massimo Gabba
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The art of transcription has been a part of the history of keyboard instruments since the Renaissance period, a time that saw the first publishing of sacred as well as secular vocal works. In the 19th century, however, the trend entered its golden age, thus satisfying the domestic music-making appetite of the bourgeoisie across Europe and reflecting technological advances in mechanisms such as the organ. This release is dedicated towards this king of instruments, whose expansion into concert-like proportions allowed the music of Handel to flourish in particular.

The recording is based on a selection of the Baroque composer's most famous works, arranged by some of the 19th century's greatest organ virtuosos. As well as W.T.
Read more Best, who gave about 100 recitals a year for 40 years and who published two great collections -- of which Handel's Choruses, selected and arranged for the Organ is included here -- there features transcriptions by the likes of George C. Martin (organist of St Paul's Cathedral), F.C. Woods, Théodore Dubois (organist at the Madeleine in Paris) and Alexandre Guilmant (organist of Saint-Trinité in paris and a noted concert performer). The two symphonies of Saul, Zadok the Priest and excerpts from the Messiah are just some of the works contained on this engaging release.

Performed by Massimo Gabba at the Mascioni organ of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Alessandri (Italy), Romantic Organ Transcriptions details a fascinating area of 19th-century music-making and exposes the predilection for all things Baroque at that time. Gabba explores the full gamut of the instrument, revealing the immense variety of timbres and characteristic grandeur that the organ came to attain during the 1800s.

Other information:
- Recorded 28--29 September 2012, Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Alessandria, Italy.
- An attractive and hugely enjoyable programme of popular Handel works transcribed for grand romantic organ by 19-th century composers Alexandre Guilmant, Theodore Dubois, William Thomas Best and Francis Cunningham Woods.
- Includes the famous Hallelujah (Messiah), Ombra Mai Fu (Serse), I know that my redeemer liveth (Messiah), Zadok the Priest and other evergreens by the great Baroque master.
- Massimo Gabba, one of the most talented young Italian organists, pulls out all the stops from the grand romantic organ of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Alessandria, Italy.
- Contains liner notes on 19th-century organ transcription and the works as well as an artist biography. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; London, England 
2.
Suite for Harpsichord in B flat major, HWV 434 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
3.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
4.
Saul, HWV 53: Sinfonia no 1 "Bell" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; London, England 
5.
Saul, HWV 53: Act 2 Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
6.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
8.
Prelude and Fugue in F minor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
9.
Coronation Anthems (4): no 1, HWV 258 "Zadok the priest" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; London, England 
10.
Paraphrase for Organ on a chorus from Handel's "Judas Maccabaeus", Op. 90 no 16 by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
11.
March on Handel's "Lift up your heads", Op. 15 by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Massimo Gabba (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

Sound Samples

Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62: Overture (arr. W.T. Best for organ): I. Andante maestoso - Allegro
Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62: Overture (arr. W.T. Best for organ): II. Largo
Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62: Overture (arr. W.T. Best for organ): III. March
Keyboard Suite No. 1 in B-Flat Major, HWV 434 (arr. W.T. Best for organ): I. Prelude
Keyboard Suite No. 1 in B-Flat Major, HWV 434 (arr. W.T. Best for organ): II. Allegro moderato
Keyboard Suite No. 1 in B-Flat Major, HWV 434 (arr. W.T. Best for organ): III. Air - Five variations
Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40: Ombra mai fu, "Largo" (arr. W.T. Best for organ)
Saul, HWV 53 (arr. W.T. Best for organ): Act I: Symphony: Allegro
Saul, HWV 53 (arr. W.T. Best for organ): Act I: Symphony: Andante
Saul, HWV 53 (arr. W.T. Best for organ): Act I: Symphony: Allegro
Saul, HWV 53 (arr. W.T. Best for organ): Act I: Symphony: Larghetto
Saul, HWV 53 (arr. A. Guilmant for organ): Act II: Symphony: Largo
Saul, HWV 53 (arr. A. Guilmant for organ): Act II: Symphony: Allegro
Messiah, HWV 56: Part III: I know that my redeemer liveth (arr. F.C. Woods for organ)
Messiah, HWV 56 (arr. T. Dubois): Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Hallelujah! (arr. T. Dubois for organ)
Keyboard Suite No. 8 (Set I) in F Minor, HWV 433 (arr. A. Guilmant for organ): I. Prelude
Keyboard Suite No. 8 (Set I) in F Minor, HWV 433 (arr. A. Guilmant for organ): II. Fugue
Zadok the Priest, HWV 258 (arr. W.T. Best for organ)
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: See the conqu'ring hero comes (arr. A. Guilmant for organ)
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Lift up your heads (arr. A. Guilmant for organ)

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