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There’s a real Frescobaldi-fest in this two-disc recording, with over two and a half hours of toccatas, partitas and canzonas from books one and two, which date between 1615 and 1637. Yet, far from feeling an overdose of early seventeenth-century Italian-keyboard style, one is reminded of the huge diversity of melodic invention in Frescobaldi’s music, with constantly changing rhythms and meters providing endless variety for the listener. Inspired by his discovery of an original print of book two in the François-Lang music library at Royaumont, Fabio Bonizzoni gives striking performances of 22 toccatas, punctuated on CD one with lively variation sets, and on CD two by the colourful 1565 Antegnati organ of Santa Barbara in Mantova

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