Friday, 11 January 2008

31. Girolamo Frescobaldi - Keyboard Works (1608 -1637)


Title: Keyboard Music, Fantasie Book I, Ricercari, Canzoni Francesi
Performer/Director: Sergio Vartolo (Harpsichord and Organ)
Year: 2000
Length: 2 hours 12 minutes


This was really not that much fun, the music is fine as background noise but when you dedicate 2 hours to it it just becomes really boring really fast. This is not to say there are no merits to the music, it sounds modern for its time, but in an exceedingly dull way.

I don't thing there has been a recording in this list until now that has bored me more than this lacklustre collection of music. For all the influence and virtuosity of his compositions they are just dull especially after coming from Monteverdi's Orfeo.

At least they weren't more motets, but I am not a huge fan or organ music as it is and when it is as languorous as this it just kills me.

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Sometimes jovially referred to as "Frisky Bald Guy" in musicological circles. A play on his name, it is a fitting description of his characteristically sporadic style of composition, and the receding hairline that is evident in his later portraits.

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