Valeri: Complete Organ Music

Valeri: Complete Organ Music
Composer Gaetano Valeri
Artist Paolo Bottini organ
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 95559
EAN code 5028421955599
Release August 2017

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Gaetano Valeri is a composer who has only fully come to public attention over the course of the last three decades, thanks to the interest generated by a growing body of musicological research. Prolific and inventive, Valeri wrote a huge number of pieces for orchestra, organ, harpsichord and piano.

Writing at a time of musical transition, Valeri had one foot firmly in his own era –which we would now regard as Classical – following the teachings of the Viennese school, and with some of his pieces bearing the hallmarks of Haydn's and Mozart's influence. At the same time, he remained attached to the then outmoded but still charming galant style, more prone to lavish ornamentation, popular earlier in the 18th century.

Valeri was also very much a composer rooted in the land in which he lived – the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy. He wrote many works with specific organs in mind, as can be seen in the use in his scores of rare stops found particularly in the local area. On this recording, Paolo Bottini plays on carefully chosen instruments from churches in the same region, built by the same organ-builder, and with many features in common with those on which the composer would have played, in order to give us an authentic impression of what the music might have sounded like in Valeri's time. At the same time, Bottini makes some of his own decisions regarding sonic balance and use of stops independently of the composer's indications, creating a distinctive rendering of Valeri's music for organ.

Bottini is a multi-keyboardist with a particular interest in historical organs. He is an "expert player" (Arkiv Music) who delivers "engaging" performances” (Music Web International), with a varied discography across a number of Italian record labels. This is his second recording for Brilliant Classics.

The first recording of the complete organ works by Valeri.
Gaetano Valeri (1760-1822) was born in Padua, Italy, bred and raised in the “Keyboard School of the Veneto region”. A true “classical” composer he absorbed the style of Haydn and Mozart, while still under the influence of the Galant Style of Galuppi, Alberti and Turini.
Valeri’s organ works contain indications of the use of certain stops, which were specific of the organs built in his time in the Veneto, by for instance the famous organ builder Callido.
Valeri’s organ works form a happy mix of the Classical and Galant, strict forms containing beautiful cantabile melodies and lavish ornamentation.
Italian organist Paolo Bottini chose two beautiful historic organs from Valeri’s time, the full specification of which are included in the booklet, which also contains scholarly written liner notes by the artist.

Recorded in Italy in 2015–2017.
Features full organ specifications for all five organs played.
Contains liner notes written by the performer and a biography of the artist.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: I. Capriccio
  2. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: II. Allegretto brillante
  3. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: III. Rondò. Grazioso
  4. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: IV. Allegro moderato
  5. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: V. Allegretto grazioso
  6. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: VI. Siciliana. Adagio
  7. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: VII. Rondò. Grazioso
  8. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: VIII. —
  9. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: IX. Allegro moderato
  10. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: X. Cantabile
  11. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: XI. Moderato
  12. 12 Organ Sonatas, Op. 1: XII. Fuga
  13. Sonata I in E-Flat Major
  14. Sonata II in C Major
  15. Sonata III in C Minor
  16. Sonata IV in C Major
  17. Sonata V in F Major
  18. Versetto I: Adagio
  19. Versetto II: Largo

Disk 2

  1. 15 Organ Sonatas: I. Allegro in D Major
  2. 15 Organ Sonatas: II. Allegro con spirito in C Major
  3. 15 Organ Sonatas: III. Andantino in D Major
  4. 15 Organ Sonatas: IV. Marcia in D Major
  5. 15 Organ Sonatas: V. Cantabile in D Major
  6. 15 Organ Sonatas: VI. Andantino in D Major
  7. 15 Organ Sonatas: VII. Adagio in F Major
  8. 15 Organ Sonatas: VIII. Allegro in C Major
  9. 15 Organ Sonatas: IX. Marcia in D Major
  10. 15 Organ Sonatas: X. Allegro in C Major
  11. 15 Organ Sonatas: XI. Adagio in G Major
  12. 15 Organ Sonatas: XII. Allegro in C Major
  13. 15 Organ Sonatas: XIII. Allegro aperto in D Major
  14. 15 Organ Sonatas: XIV. Andante sostenuto in Major
  15. 15 Organ Sonatas: XV. Allegro in D Major
  16. 6 Organ Sonatas: I. Allegro in B-Flat Major
  17. 6 Organ Sonatas: II. Larghetto cantabile in C Major
  18. 6 Organ Sonatas: III. Rondò. Moderato in F Major
  19. 6 Organ Sonatas: IV. Grave sostenuto in A Major
  20. 6 Organ Sonatas: V. Allegro moderato in C Major
  21. 6 Organ Sonatas: VI. Allegro in D Major
  22. Adagio in F Major
  23. 16 Versetti: I. Ripieno semplice in C Minor. Adagio
  24. 16 Versetti: II. Tutti li registri in A minor
  25. 16 Versetti: III. Ripieno semplice in D Major. Adagio 0’27
  26. 16 Versetti: IV. Ripieno semplice in A Major
  27. 16 Versetti: V. Organo aperto in G Minor
  28. 16 Versetti: VI. Allegro in A Minor
  29. 16 Versetti: VII. Ripieno semplice in E Minor
  30. 16 Versetti: VIII. Principali e flauti in XII in G Minor
  31. 16 Versetti: IX. Ripieno semplice in G Minor
  32. 16 Versetti: X. Principali e flauti in D Minor
  33. 16 Versetti: XI. Principale e tromboncini in G Minor. Adagio
  34. 16 Versetti: XII. Flauto solo in F Major. Calmo
  35. 16 Versetti: XIII. Principali, flauti e cornetto in D Minor
  36. 16 Versetti: XIV. Flauto solo in E Minor. Allegretto
  37. 16 Versetti: XV. Tromboncini soli in E Minor. Adagio
  38. 16 Versetti: XVI. Voce umana in D Minor. Larghetto

Disk 3

  1. Allegro brillante in C Major
  2. Brillante in C Major
  3. Moderato in C Major
  4. Allegro in C Major
  5. Allegretto in A Major
  6. Pastorale adagio
  7. Adagio in D Major
  8. Allegretto in G Major
  9. Allegretto in G Major
  10. Andante sostenuto in A Major
  11. Marcia per l’organo. Allegro
  12. Sinfonia ridotta per organo largo – Allegro
  13. Grande Sinfonia per organo coll’adagio pastorale: Adagio – Allegro con brio
  14. 6 Organ Sonatas: I. Allegro in D Major
  15. 6 Organ Sonatas: II. Largo – Rondò. Allegretto in C Major
  16. 6 Organ Sonatas: III. Allegro con spirito in F Major
  17. 6 Organ Sonatas: IV. Largo in A Major
  18. 6 Organ Sonatas: V. Spiritoso in B-Flat Major
  19. 6 Organ Sonatas: VI. Tema con variazioni in A Major. Larghetto
  20. Arpeggio