Biagio Putignano (1960)
Codex Faenza tablatures
The organist Pier Damiano Peretti - living in Vienna since 2009 as a teacher at the Universität (formerly Hochschule) für Musik und darstellende Kunst - on this CD is tackling the very difficult organ pages of the well-known composer from Puglia, Biagio Putignano (see Tactus TC.930001, 2016), using the valuable 1995 Mathis organ located in the Scottekirche in Vienna, with the help of the soprano Marie-Antoinette Stabentheiner performing Three Sacred Pieces. So, it seemed therefore logical in the conception of this CD, to counterpoint the poetry of an «new Middle Ages» (U. Eco) obbligato music by Biagio Putignano, with excerpts from the earliest surviving Italian keyboard music collection, the 1420 Faenza Codex: secular intabulations of great ingenuity, which on the threshold of the modern era, enticed to silent, homely joy. For the performance of these pieces, Peretti uses a positive organ from the Neapolitan School of the eighteenth century belonging to St. Ursula Kirche in Vienna.