The Monteverdi Organ | Brilliant Classics 96347

The Monteverdi Organ

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 96347

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 23rd July 2021

Contents

Works

Frescobaldi, Girolamo

Capriccio sopra la Bassa Fiamenga
Fiori Musicali
» Canzon post il Comune, F12.17
Recercar
Toccata IX (1615)
Toccata cromaticha per l'elevazione

Froberger, Johann Jakob

Toccata IX
Toccata I

Merula, Tarquinio

Canzone
Capriccio

Monteverdi, Claudio

Selva morale e spirituale
» Ab aeterno ordinata sum
» Et iterum
» Laudate pueri (secondo)
» O ciechi il tanto affaticar
» Salve Regina II
» Salve Regina III, SV285
» Spuntava il di

Artists

Krijn Koetsveld (organ)
Ensemble Le Nuove Musiche

Conductor

Krijn Koetsveld

Works

Frescobaldi, Girolamo

Capriccio sopra la Bassa Fiamenga
Fiori Musicali
» Canzon post il Comune, F12.17
Recercar
Toccata IX (1615)
Toccata cromaticha per l'elevazione

Froberger, Johann Jakob

Toccata IX
Toccata I

Merula, Tarquinio

Canzone
Capriccio

Monteverdi, Claudio

Selva morale e spirituale
» Ab aeterno ordinata sum
» Et iterum
» Laudate pueri (secondo)
» O ciechi il tanto affaticar
» Salve Regina II
» Salve Regina III, SV285
» Spuntava il di

Artists

Krijn Koetsveld (organ)
Ensemble Le Nuove Musiche

Conductor

Krijn Koetsveld

About

This recording features a very special newly-built organ, showcasing it in the roles in which its predecessors were used in their heyday at the turn of the 16th century. This particular type of organ, small in scale and with open pipes all made of Italian cypress wood, was one of which perhaps the most important composer of his time, Claudio Monteverdi, was particularly fond, and yet itís practically nonexistent today.

It was during Le Nuove Musicheís great undertaking to record the complete cycle of Monteverdiís Books of Madrigals that director Krijn Koetsveld began to feel the need for an organ capable of recreating the sound typical of that era. He explored possibilities for realising such a project, and gradually the idea to reconstruct an organ befitting the Italian musical practice from around 1600 took shape. He approached the Muziekinstrumenten Fonds, and they embraced the idea, consulted organist Netherlandsí Nationaal Pieter van Dijk and awarded the organ building contract to Klop Orgelbouwers.

No original organs from Monteverdiís time have survived, and very few illustrations exist. But it was possible to reconstruct his beloved organo di legno (wood organ) on the basis of contemporary accounts, which describe, in addition to the open, wooden pipes, hand-operated bellows, creating a much lower wind pressure than that of modern organs. From Monteverdiís instructions in the organo di legno part of his Vespers, such instruments are also known to have had several stops.

This recording places this wonderful, new organ centre-stage, as a solo instrument in works by Frescobaldi, Froberger and Merula, but also as a continuo instrument in both sacred and secular vocal works selected from Monteverdiís collection Selva morale e spirituale of 1641. In the latter, accompanimental role, one can hear first-hand why the suave sound of its wooden pipes was so prized for its ability to blend with the human voice, as was the nuanced wind supply hand-pumped by organ blowers on this recording, as it would have been in Monteverdiís day.

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