Salvatore - Organ-Alternatim Masses | Brilliant Classics 95146

Salvatore - Organ-Alternatim Masses


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95146

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 22nd April 2016



Following the recent, essential compendium of great organ music on 50 CDs (95310BR), Brilliant Classics turn to a valuable but lesser‐known light in the early history of the organ, Giovanni Salvatore. Active in the middle of the 17th century, this Neapolitan musician was greatly esteemed during his lifetime. One contemporary commentator even placed him above Frescobaldi on the grounds that he could compose fine vocal works without confusing their style with organ music.

Salvatore’s vocal music is still almost unknown to us, but perhaps this disc of his organ masses will prompt the rediscovery of an individual voice working within in the southern Italian tradition of the early 17th century as represented by Mayone, Trabaci and Frescobaldi, though Salvatore is more liberal than his models and contemporaries with musical devices that may now sound modern to us, such as chromaticism, sharp dissonances and striking harmonic progressions: this is organ music fully worthy of the Neapolitan style – virtuosic and unpredictable. They are performed here as they were initially intended, with a small choir intoning the individual verses of the Mass Proper, between Salvatore’s elaborated musical commentaries on the Gregorian chanted text.

The recording was made in three different Italian churches, one for each of Salvatore’s three surviving organ masses: St. Peter Martyr Church, in Rieti; Ss. Trinity Church, Verona; and the Church of the Visitation, Rome. The organist is Federico Del Sordo, who has made several well‐received recordings of lesser‐known music from the Italian late‐Renaissance and Baroque periods, including organ masses by Merulo (95145BR) and chamber music by Tessarini (94787) and Veracini (94822BR).

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