Christopher Stembridge

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Andrea & Giovanni Gabrieli Andrea & Giovanni Gabrieli
Intonationi, Toccate, Ricercari & Canzone

Organ of Arezzo Cathedral (1534)

1 CD, Sonart, France / Sarx, Italy (1995), SX 013-2

 

Reviews

"Performance and recording both of the highest level." CD Classica

"Much Italian music of the Renaissance and early Baroque can appear quite meaningless on the page - endless semiquavers over held chords with no obvious structure or form. The magnificent acoustic of many Italian churches, allowing the music to integrate with the architecture to create a multi-dimensional experience, only partly helps the player to work out just what is going on. But in Stembridge we have a player who manages to impose a real sense of musical direction and form. His playing shows just how musical a semiquaver can be - his fluid sense of touch and articulation and artistic use of the rhetorical gesture brings this music to life in a remarkable way. Organists will learn a lot from listening to playing like this." Early Music Review

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