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The Venetian composer Baldassare Galuppi is no household name today, and yet at one time he was famous across Europe and found time to write around 100 operas as well as a mountain of instrumental music. His organ sonatas, 22 of them, therefore fill two CDs. Composed in what is technically described as the Italian ‘gallant style’, it is summed up nicely by the English historian Charles Burney as ‘charming, clear and well modulated’. The two historic instruments (both recorded in rather muddy acoustics) give the music rustic charm akin to the distressed look of typical Italian crumbling medieval villages.

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