Fumagalli - Organ Music
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95468
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 24th February 2017
WorksAscetica musicale, op.235
Capiccio alla sonata
Organ Sonata in B flat major
Organ Sonata in D major
Tempo di Sonata: Breve fantasia in B flat major, op.256
ArtistsMarco Ruggeri (organ)
In such capacities Fumagalli came to know the organ builder Giuseppe Bernasconi, and to prize his work, which can be heard on this album: Ruggeri plays two instruments by Bernasconi, in the churches of Vaprio d’Adda and Vercelli. Bernasconi’s technical innovations included increasing the registral colours and scale of Italian instruments in order to emulate a late‐Romantic orchestra. Fumagalli made ample use of such opportunities, as may be heard in these riotously exuberant and uninhibited performances.
As a composer, Fumagalli concentrated on music for his own instruments, with over 200 separate works or collections. Among the most extensive is the Ascetica Musicale, op.235: a summation of his style, as the name suggests, referring not to any ascetic temperament – this music could hardly be further from it – but to a musical aesthetic, which in this case celebrated virtuoso figuration, jolly tunes and a taste for the spectacular. Even the more apparently traditional form of the Sonata is clothed by Fumagalli in extravagant musical robes. This richly entertaining release fills out a still-hazy picture of music in 19th-century Italy, and will give pleasure to organ‐music enthusiasts and enthusiasts for light music of any genre.
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