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Frescobali: Toccate d'Intavolatura di Cimbalo et Organo Libro Primo ()

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The Frescobaldi recordings of French (and partly Belgian-trained) keyboardist Jean-Marc Aymes have justly been awarded major prizes in France, and they've helped unlock the difficult music of this master of the early Italian Baroque. Frescobaldi's music can seem like a mass of undifferentiated, dense polyphony, but in Aymes' hands the factors that made it exciting and novel in its own time emerge. Earlier Aymes releases have examined Frescobaldi's later works, but here he takes on the publication that made his name as a keyboard composer and did much to define the expressive dimension of Baroque keyboard music as a whole: the Toccate e partite d'intavolatura di cimbalo, libro primo (Toccatas and Partitas Intabulated for the Keyboard, Book One), for short. The collection consists of quasi-improvisatory pieces called toccatas that are distant ancestors of Bach's works in the form, "partitas," which are somewhere between variations and ground-bass pieces, and various other works; the two CDs also included... Hide synopsis

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