Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Froberger, Johann Jacob. (1616-1667) Complete music for Harpsichord and Organ. CD 10.

New acquisition.
Bought in 2016.
First listen: 14-3-2017.
Label: Brilliant.
CD 10 from 16.
Recording dates: March 2016.
Recording venue: Saletta Acustica "Eric James" Pove del Grappa, Vicenza, Italy.
Recording engineer: Alessandro Simonetto.
Running time: 57:03.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:
Partitas from secondary sources (V).

Performed by:
Simone Stella.
Instrument:
William Horn after Ioannes Ruckers, 1638.

The main attractions for me in these performances lie in the fact that Stella makes no extrovert show of the music, but invest them with a contemplative rest and demonstrate musical assurance in expression, coupled with a faithful approach to the score. The music speaks for itself. Stripped from egotism, you just feel it is right what Stella tries to express. The easy flow and sheer musicality is oozing out of what I hear. No other interpretations around, that come close to what Stella is doing. For my money he gets the result I want to hear. And thus I keep enthusiastic about the result of every disc so far. The instrument Stella is using has a warm and subdued tone that suites the expression of Froberger's music perfectly. And the recording rounds this off in a synthesis that reaches a pinnacle for me in what is possible with this music.
Recommended.




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