Great European Organs No.84 - Emanuele Cardi plays the Historic Organ of San Benedetto, Pontecagnano, Faiano, Salerno, Italy
This is Priory’s second Great European Organ from Italy. This Gennari organ can be seen as a link between the organ school in the north - especially the Venetian style - and the neopolitan area. It is an organ that really packs a punch for its size and contains an original Bass Drum which can be heard several times on this recording. The whole programme from the 17th and 18th centuries, is all new to the catalogues.
This is an unusual organ and album release - do not miss it!
**** - Excellent
Michele Bosio - Musica magazine - June 2012
"...the music on the program is light in weight but very charming and played with great sensitivity and aplomb. Cardi, organist and choirmaster at the church of Santa maria della Speranza in Battipaglia is an authority on this music, especially the works by Neapolitan composers..."
Gatens - American Record Guide - March/April 2012
"...the historic Great European Organ series is alive and well, here presenting an interesting example of the Neopolitan school of organ building.The repertoire is highly appropriate. As a specialist in Neopolitan organ music, Emanuele Cardi is the ideal interpreter."
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