Francesco Cera talks about his view of Frescobaldi’s harpsichord and organ music, on Carla Moreni’s book “Musica a Specchio” (Il Sole 24 Ore).
Toccate – Capricci – Fiori Musicali
Francesco Cera harpsichord and organ
A 7-CD box issued by label Arcana (Outhere Music)
The 7-CD box set includes the four keyboard collections by Girolamo Frescobaldi, which have left the greatest mark on the history of music.
Francesco Cera, today recognized as one of the leading specialists in Frescobaldi, has recorded part of the music in the excellent acoustics of the Sala della Vigna.
Cera has chosen nine priceless instruments, including the 1615 Guglielmi organ in Rome, and a copy of the harpsichord by Nicolò Albana, Naples 1584.
The art historian Denis Grenier has been entrusted with the task of illustrating seven works of art that testify to the link between the music of Frescobaldi and the art in Rome of his time.
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Cera has interpreted them, together with the members of the Ensemble Arte Musica, transforming the pieces into microdramas and dark descents into the melancholic spiritual world of the author.
MASSIMO R. ZEGNA on the magazine AMADEUS, April 2019
The Correa de Arauxo’s recording received a “five stars” award on the Italian magazine MUSICA
MOST RECENTLY ISSUED (2018)
Sigismondo D’India (1580c.-1629) MUSICHE A UNA E DUE VOCI
Ensemble Arte Musica. Francesco Cera
Lucia Napoli and Damiana Pinti soprano. Andrés Montilla-Acurero and Riccardo Pisani tenor. Francesco Tomasi theorbo and guitar.
Silvia de Maria viola da gamba and lirone. Francesco Cera harpsichord.
1 CD BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95634
Francisco Correa de Arauxo (1584-1654) ORGAN MUSIC
Francesco Cera plays the Renaissance organ in Garrovillas de Alconétar (Extremadura-Spain).
2 CDs BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95508