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This three-CD set presents the first complete recording of original works by Ulisse Matthey for organ and harmonium. Matthey (1876-1947) was born in Turin and became organist of the Sanctuary of Loreto in 1902. He was appointed teacher at the conservatory of Turin in 1923 and had an important role in forming the Italian organ school during the inter-war years. His studies in Paris with Guilmant consolidated an exceptional technique, and his approach to composition was later enriched by the study of counterpoint and fugue. Matthey’s activities as an organist embraced extensive liturgical and concert performance, organ teaching and the design of instruments across Italy.

The seven organs and two harmoniums used here by Fausto Caporali evoke the late romantic soundworld to which the music belongs. From genre pieces (Elegia, Pastorale, Visione) to bravura works (Studio di concerto, Toccata-Carillon), this release brings Matthey to well-deserved wider attention. The notes provide a biography of the composer and a useful essay on his music but nothing about the performer (one can, however, consult his own website, faustocaporali.it). The Tactus label’s website (tactus.it) promises information on the pieces and the instruments, but these had not appeared at the time of writing.

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