horizontal line

This series, continuing the rediscovery of late 18th-century Italian organ music, continues with the sonatas of Gaetano Valeri (1764-1822), whose keyboard works are held in the archives of Padua Cathedral where he was organist from 1785. These mostly binary-form sonatas are served well by the two lively historic Italian organs with large stop-lists and a plethora of accessories (drums, tremulants, etc), which Alessandro Perin plays with real empathy, varying the registrations effectively. The galant musical style recalls Rossini: inventive melodies accompanied by Alberti basses, sparkling rhythms and imaginative harmonies, but hardly any contrapuntal development. Light music, but most enjoyable.

DAVID PONSFORD Read the full review on Agora Classica


   Read full review   


To continue reading, please upgrade to a premium account. You will have immediate full access.



Read more classical music reviews online here:



Choir & Organ, 2018 - ©Rhinegold Publishing