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Gabrieli: Complete Keyboard Music / Loreggian


Release Date: 10/27/2017 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95345  
Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set is a real bargain, and not just because of its budget price; with over three hours of music as well as expert research and booklet notes all carried out under the auspices of Roberto Loreggian, it is difficult to see this collection being bettered. The set presents all of Giovanni Gabrieli’s published keyboard pieces, the majority of which will probably be new to most, as they certainly are to me, with most being little gems.

Giovanni Gabrieli lived in the shadow of his uncle Andrea and flourished during the flowering of Venetian music in the second half of the sixteenth century. His renown rests on his Sacrae Symphoniae, ceremonial music and his canzonas and sonatas for brass which have proved consistently popular.
Read more His keyboard music on the other hand has fared less well, though there have been a number of recordings that feature it, but it was only when I reviewed the Brilliant Classics box set 500 Years of Organ Music (95310), which is mainly for two organs, that I came to take greater notice of this wonderful music.

Disc one is dedicated to organ music with too many pieces of note to highlight them all. The opening Toccata primi toni sets the high standard towards which all the following pieces strive – and achieve. The Ricercar or the Intonazione del secondo tono for example both show Gabrieli’s total mastery of the organ. The second disc presents a selection of his harpsichord pieces, and as with the first CD, the opening track, another toccata, sets the level at which the following pieces aim. As with the organ disc, there are some very fine examples of the art of sixteenth century harpsichord writing here and some exceptional pieces too.

The third and final disc is divided between the two instruments and could, in itself, provide an ideal introduction to Gabrieli’s art. The first seven tracks are performed on the organ with the opening Jubilate deo omnis terra and the final Sancta et immaculata virginitas proving ideal examples to show how accomplished a composer of organ music Giovanni Gabrieli was. The remaining thirteen titles are given over to the remainder of the harpsichord music, containing some of the best pieces, with Ego dixi: Domine miserere mei and Exultavit cor meum being very fine examples of this.

The instruments are discussed in the wonderful and informative booklet, something I hope Brilliant take to heart for future releases, especially as in the past it has been the booklet that has sometimes let the recording down, but not here. The V. Colombi organ of the Duomo di Valvasone is the only surviving Venetian instrument from the period and proves a wonderful organ for this music to be performed on; recently restored it is in full voice and has a lovely tone. The harpsichord employed for these recordings is an anonymous seventeenth century Italian instrument which, whilst it lacks the sonority of contemporary French and Belgian instruments, has a pleasing tone and a quiet action, proving an ideal instrument for these pieces.

As already intimated the research carried out by Roberto Loreggian in preparation for his booklet notes is excellent, this being bettered only by his performances; his playing is nuanced and full of character,r making it a real pleasure to listen to these three discs, especially with the fine recorded sound.

– MusicWeb International (Stuart Sillitoe) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata del primo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
2.
Intonationi d'organo: Del ottavo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
3.
Canzon francese for Organ, C 232 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
4.
Intonationi d'organo: Del terzo e quarto tono trasportado alla quarta alta by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
5.
Toccata by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
6.
Ricercar primo toni by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
7.
Canzon III a 4, C 188 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
8.
Canzon a 10 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
9.
Toccata a 4, C237 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
10.
Canzon del duodecimo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
11.
Intonationi d'organo: Del secondo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
12.
Canzoni (6), 1608: Canzon a 4, C 186 "La Spiritata" by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
13.
Intonationi d'organo: Del quinto tono trasportado alla quarta alta by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
14.
Toccata for organ, C. D12 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
15.
Intonationi d'organo: Del primo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
16.
Intonationi d'organo: Del duodecimo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
17.
Intonationi d'organo: Del nono tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
18.
Toccata for organ, C. D14 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
19.
Toccata for Organ, C. 238 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
20.
Canzon II a 4, C 187 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
21.
Intonationi d'organo: Del sesto tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
22.
Toccata del secondo tono for Organ, C 236 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
23.
Fuga for Organ, C. 228 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
24.
Intonationi d'organo: Del undicesimo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Venice, Italy 
25.
Intonationi d'organo: Del dčcimo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
26.
Canzon for Organ, C. 235 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
27.
Toccata primi toni by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
28.
Fuga noni toni by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
29.
Canzon a IV, C 194 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
30.
Toccata for organ, C. D16 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
31.
Canzon a 10 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
32.
Intonationi d'organo: Del settimo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; Italy 
33.
Toccata quinti toni by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
34.
Fuga for Organ, C. 229 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
35.
Ricercar by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
36.
Toccata for organ, C. D13 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
37.
Ricercar primo toni by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
38.
Canzon del secondo tono by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
39.
Ricercar for Organ, C. 220 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
40.
Ricerca for Organ, C. 225 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
41.
Toccata for organ, C. D15 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
42.
Jubilate Deo, motet for 8 voices (1597), C. 16 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
43.
Cantate Domino by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Italy 
44.
O doctor optime, C. 139 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
45.
O sacrum convivium, C. S16 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
46.
Angelicos cives, C. S15 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
47.
Congratulamini mihi, C. 54 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
48.
Sancta et immaculata virginitas, motet for 8 voices by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
49.
Labra amorose e care, C. 90 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
50.
Exaudi Domine iustitiam meam by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
51.
Domine, Deus meus by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1615; Italy 
52.
Alleluja, quando jam emersit, C. C1 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
53.
Ego dixi: Domine miserere mei, C. 2 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
54.
Exultavit cor meum, motet for 6 voices by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent performance June 19, 2018 By chester m. (Anaheim, CA) See All My Reviews "I have several other cd's featuring Mr. Loreggian's keyboard talents and, as I expected, he did a fine job on this album. However, I did not like the high pitched registration on some of the organ pieces. It almost sounded like a bunch of piccolos." Report Abuse
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