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FRESCOBALDI: Keyboard Music from Manuscript Sources

Composer(s):Frescobaldi, Girolamo Alessandro
Artist(s) Folts, Martha, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570717
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Girolamo Frescobaldi was the most celebrated keyboard musician, teacher and composer in Italy in his day, serving various nobility and the Church in Rome from 1608 until his death in 1643. He had the greatest influence of any musician in the seventeenth century on the keyboard music of Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Denmark. The music presented here is attributed to Frescobaldi from various manuscript sources dating between 1630 and 1650 and is not otherwise included in the volumes of his music printed during his lifetime.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2008

The first thing you will notice is the distinctly unique sound of this harpsichord dating from 1658 and faithfully restored three years ago by Keith Hill. It was made by Jerome de Zentis, an Italian who travelled through Europe making instruments for the wealthy, including many royal families. Why he became so famous is obvious when listening to the very individual qualities that the instrument has to offer, the resonance creating the feel of a sustaining pedal, yet it has such clarity that the fast passages never become tonally blurred. The tuning will strike you as odd as the interval between notes is not that to which modern ears have become accustomed. Does it go slightly out of tune as the recording progressed or is it just my ears? It is, of course, very appropriate to



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