While recording some early works on the Smecno organ, I discussed with Erik (aka Hoofdwerk) the Spanish repertoire and a suitable sample set as the Chapelet Spanish Collection (of which the Galician organ is free available), especially for baroque music. So when I found these two pieces by the Spanish baroque composer Cabanillas, I decided to make this recording ... thanks Erik for your suggestions!
About Juan Bautista José Cabanilles (also Juan Bautista Josep, Valencian: Joan) (6 September 1644 in Algemesí near Valencia – 29 April 1712 in Valencia): Juan Cabanillas was a Spanish organist and composer at Valencia Cathedral. He is considered by many to have been the greatest Spanish Baroque composer.
Many of Cabanilles's compositions are virtuosic and advanced for their time, but generally, he is in the Spanish tradition of keyboard music following 16th century patterns. The majority of his manuscripts are kept in the Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona. Numerous compositions for organ (tientos, toccatas, passacaglias, and other works) have survived, as well as a number of works for choirs of up to 13 parts.
I recorded both pieces on the (free) Galician organ (end 17th century) that sounds great for this repertoire. I added an IR to give the sound more space.
The first piece is 'Interludi per la Messa degli Angeli' and consists of three short and joyful interludes:
- Gloria (starts at 1:41
- Agnus Dei (starts at 3:23
The second piece is 'Tiento del Quarto Modo', a soft and meditative piece, played on the beautiful Flautado 8' (starts at 4:25