Corradini: 12 Ricercari - Vendi: Canzoni / Federico del Sordo

Release Date: 3/26/2021
Catalog Number: BRI96136
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 64 Minutes

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Biographical information on NicoloÌ Corradini is scarce, but we do know he spent most of his life in Cremona, the city where he was most likely born. His works include a Book of Madrigals for 5 to 8 voices with viol consort (published in Venice in 1620), the First Book of French Canzoni (Venice, 1620), Motets for 1 to 4 voices (Bartolomeo Magni, Venice, 1624) and the 4-voice Ricercari recorded here, from 1615. The only surviving copy of this latter collection – held at the International Museum and Library of Music of Bologna – is missing its frontispiece and colophon, but according to Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini it was printed, like his Motets, in Venice by Bartolomeo Magni. This is the only set of Corradini’s music that fully lends itself to performance by a solo keyboard player, as the Canzoni are clearly better suited to a group of multiple instruments. Each of Corradini’s ricercars – which cover the full range of 12 church modes – is based on multiple themes (called fughe). This polythematism keeps hearers of these grandiose musical paintings intrigued with a variety that – while clearly based on the architecture of the 16th-century choral motet – at times goes beyond it in a way more akin to fugues of the early 18th century, decades ahead of his time.

Works on This Recording
1. Ricercar del primo tuono di quattro fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
2. Ricercar del secondo tuono, di due fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
3. Ricercar del terzo tuono di quattro fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
4. Canzon III Toni by Mattia Vendi
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
5. Canzon II Toni by Mattia Vendi
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
6. Ricercar del quarto tuono di quattro fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
7. Ricercar del quinto tuono di quattro fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
8. Ricercar del sesto tuono, di due fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
9. Canzon II Toni (2) by Mattia Vendi
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
10. Canzon VII Toni by Mattia Vendi
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
11. Ricercar del settimo tuono di quattro fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
12. Ricercar del ottavo tuono di cinque fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
13. Canzon I Toni by Mattia Vendi
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
14. Canzon VIII Toni by Mattia Vendi
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
15. Ricercar del nono tuono, di due fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
16. Ricercar del decimo tuono con tre fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
17. Ricercar del undecimo tuono con tre fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
18. Ricercar del duodecimo tuono di quattro fughe by Nicolo Corradini
Performer: Federico Del Sordo (Organ)
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