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This world premiere recording of organ music by Gaetano Amadeo (1820-93) is a welcome addition to a series recording Italian 19th-century organs, bringing many composers (unknown in English- speaking countries) to the fore. The cases of Italian organs are immediately recognisable, but the 70 stops on this instrument reveal a late-romantic, orchestral instrument. Fabio Merlini exploits the enormous range of tonal colours and dynamics within clear but highly resonant acoustics. The music consists of Versetti, Pastorale, Allegros, Andantes, etc., with two Offertories – one dedicated to Amadeo’s musical inspiration, Rossini. Merlini revels in the operatic style with wide-extremes of touch – legato to staccatissimo.

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