TC.531380-Claudio Merulo-Organ Toccatas · Complete Edition-Francesco Tasini, organ

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Claudio Merulo (1533-1604)
Organ Toccatas · Complete Edition

Claudio Merulo (Correggio, near Reggio Emilia, 8 April 1533 – Parma, 4 May 1604) enjoyed great renown in his time, particularly as an "extraordinarily melodious organist". His wonderful skill in the practice of intavolare diminuito, where he was regarded as the "leader and master" (in the words of Girolamo Diruta), was expressed most vividly by his famous Toccate. This recording presents, for the first time, the entire corpus of Merula's Toccate: the 9 Toccate contained in the First Book of  Toccate d’intavolatvra d’organo (Rome, Simone Verovio, 1598), recorded on Baldassarre Malamini's "in cornu Evangelii" organ (1596) in the Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna; the 10 Toccate contained in the Second Book of Toccate d’intavolatura d’organo (Rome, Verovio, 1604); and the 7 manuscript Toccate drawn from the Nuova intavolatura d’organo tedesca (1637-40) preserved in the National University Library of Turin, Collection Giordano 2, where the Toccata del tono di Claudio Merulo basically corresponds to the Toccata del terzo tuono di Clavdio Mervlo that is included in Il Transilvano, by Dirvta (cc. 16v-19r). These 7 Toccate have been recorded on Graziadio Antegnati's  organ (1565) in the Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara, Mantua.

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Cod.: TC.531380
Composer: Claudio Merulo (1533-1604)
Performers: Francesco Tasini, organ
Edition: July 2014
Note: World Premiere Edition · 3cd box set
Organ (1596) Baldassarre Malamini (1540ca-1614)
Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna
Organ (1565) Graziadio Antegnati (1525-post 1590)
Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara in Mantova
Lyric: Claudio Merulo (1533-1604)