Artist: Aarón Zapico
Label: © Winter & Winter
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44.1kHz/24bit
Recorded: Sala de Cambra, Fundació Auditori Palau de Congressos, Girona, Spain, June 2010
The young Spanish harpsichordist Aarón Zapico has chosen compositions from Frescobaldi’s two famous books of toccatas for his first solo album for W & W. The selection of pieces ranges from vivacious dance tunes to delicately intimate and calm settings. One of Frescobaldi’s most famous pupils, the German Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667), is the other featured composer on the CD, showing the inseparable connectionbetween ‚ 'maestro’ and 'disciple’, yet two creative geniuses on their own. Froberger further developped and accomplished the genre of the keyboard suite, having its beginnings in Frescobaldi’s arrangements. Many of Froberger’s works, often inspired by incidents in his adventurous life, can be considered as early forms of programme music.
The touching Tombeau on the death of his friend Blancheroche closes an album dedicated to two masters whose influence on the following composer generations cannot be estimated highly enough. Aarón Zapico savours as interpreter the sound and technical possibilities on his instrument. Improvisation and variation let the scores become individually alive through the hands of the musician and this rich artistic ‘Phantasia’.
A Consort of Musicke Bye William Byrde & Orlando Gibbons - Glenn Gould (1971/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz
Сomposer: William Byrd (1543-1623), Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: A Consort of Musicke Bye William Byrde & Orlando Gibbons
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1971/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
“Orlando Gibbons is my favorite composer—always has been. I can’t think of anybody who represents the end of an era better than Orlando Gibbons does.” This profession of faith in the great English virginalist is more than an act of defiance: it harks back to Gould’s early childhood experiences with Puritanism.