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Episode 2

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Tuesday 28 April 2009

Donald Macleod is joined by scholar and performer Christopher Stembridge to explore the life and work of Girolamo Frescobaldi.

They focus on Frescobaldi's keyboard music and, in particular, on his groundbreaking publication in 1615 of the First Book of Toccatas and Partitas, which the composer rushed into print a year ahead of schedule in his attempts to land a plum job at the Mantuan court.

Frescobaldi: Corrente Terza (Toccate e partite libro primo, 1616 print)
Roberto Loreggian (harpsichord)
Brilliant Classics 93767, CD 2 Tr 7

Frescobaldi: Ricercar Decimo (Obligo la, fa, sol, la, re), 1615
Performed in the studio by Christopher Stembridge (harpsichord)

Frescobaldi: Partite 12 sopra l'Aria di Ruggiero (Toccate e partite libro primo, 1616)
Rinaldo Alessandrini (harpsichord attributed to Giovani Celestini, Venice, c. 1605)
Arcana A904, CD 1 Tr 8

Caccini: Amarilli, mia bella
James Bowman (countertenor)
Skip Sempe (organ)
Jay Bernfeld (viola da gamba)
Arion ARN 68046, Tr 5

Philips (after Caccini): Amarilli, mia bella
Performed in the studio by Christopher Stembridge (harpsichord)

Frescobaldi: Toccata nona (Toccate e partite libro primo)
Performed in the studio by Christopher Stembridge (harpsichord)

Frescobaldi: Partite di Follia (Toccate e partite libro primo)
Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini (harpsichord)
Ermitage 427-2 DDD, Tr 2

Frescobaldi: Toccata sesta (Toccate e partite libro primo)
Christopher Stembridge (harpsichord)
(unreleased recording)

Frescobaldi: Toccata undecima (Toccate e partite libro primo)
Christopher Stembridge (harpsichord)
(unreleased recording)

Frescobaldi: Toccata decima (Toccate e partite libro primo)
Christopher Stembridge (harpsichord)
(unreleased recording).

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