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Frescobaldi - Fingers, Mind then Ears

Catherine Bott and harpsichordist Fabio Bonizzoni probe the Toccatas and Partitas for keyboard by the highly influential late renaissance composer, Girolamo Frescobaldi.

Catherine Bott and harpsichordist Fabio Bonizzoni, probe the celebrated Toccatas and Partitas for keyboard by the highly influential late renaissance composer, Girolamo Frescobaldi.

Fabio Bonizzoni has recently recorded the Toccatas and Partitas on disc, to great acclaim. In his opinion these are Frescobaldi's masterpieces, a series of pictures in music. "Each piece", says Bonizzoni, "paints a sentiment."

But the collection - some of the earliest extended pieces of pure instrumental music - require a real feel for fantasy and expressive freedom. Fabio Bonizzoni explains to Catherine how he sets about interpreting the music.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata seconda" from The Second Book of Toccatas

    Performer: Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord)

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 921514.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata quinta (sopra I pedali per l'organo, e senza)" from The Second Book of Toccatas

    Performer: Fabio Bonizzoni (organ)

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 921514.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata seconda" from The First Book of Toccatas

    Performer: Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord)

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 921514.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata terza (per l'organo de sonarsi alla levatione)" from The Second Book of Toccatas

    Performer: Fabio Bonizzoni (organ)

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 921514.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata decima" from The First Book of Toccatas

    Performer: Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord)

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 921514.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Partite sopra Ruggiero (1616)" from The First Book of Toccatas

    Performer: Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord)

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 921514.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata nona" from The Second Book of Toccatas

    Performer: Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord)

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 921514.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Canzona quinta" from The Second Book of Toccatas.

    Performer: Fabio Bonizzoni (organ)

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 921514.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata seconda" from The Second Book of Toccatas

  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata seconda" from The First Book of Toccatas

  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata terza (per l'organo de sonarsi alla levatione)"

  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata decima" from The First Book of Toccatas

  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Partite sopra Ruggiero (1616)" from The First Book of Toccatas

  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Toccata nona" from The Second Book of Toccatas

  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    "Canzona quinta" from The Second Book of Toccatas

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