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Donald Macleod focuses on Frescobaldi's vocal and instrumental work, when he was in Rome, presiding at the organ in St Peter's Basilica.

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

They focus on Frescobaldi's vocal and instrumental work, including a selection of his motets, part-songs and instrumental canzonas from the 1620s, when he was in Rome and presiding at the organ in the basilica of St Peter's.

Con dolcezza e pietate (Primo libro d'arie musicali)
Rene Jacobs (countertenor)
Nigel Rogers (tenor)
Michael Schopper (bass)
Hopkinson Smith (lute)
Kathi Gohl (cello)
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi GD 77244, Tr 9

Capriccio sopra la Bassa Fiammenga (Il primo libro di capricci)
John Butt (mid-18th century Italian organ in the O'Neill Collection)
Teldec 8.43774, Tr 5

Two motets (Liber secondus diversarum modulatonium)
L'aura Soave:
Antonella Tatulli, Diana Pelagatti (soprano)
Rolf Ehlers (tenor)
Angelo De Leonardis (bass)
Diego Cantalupi (theorbo)
Tactus 580602, Trs 15, 10

Five Canzonas (Primo libro delle canzoni)
ConSerto Musico
Roberto Loreggian (conductor)
Les Basses Reunies
Bruno Cocset (conductor)
Brilliant Classics 93766, CD 1, Trs 4, 16, 9
Alpha 053, Trs 12, 11

Frescobaldi: Six songs (Primo e Secundo libro d'arie musicali 1630)
Montserrat Figueras (soprano)
Rene Jacobs (countertenor)
Nigel Rogers (tenor)
Michael Schopper (bass)
Hopkinson Smith (lute/theorbo/baroque guitar)
Kathi Gohl (cello)
Johann Sonnleitner (organ/harpschord)
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
GD 77244, Trs 8, 5, 13, 14, 4, 1.

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