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Yon: Complete Organ Music


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Pietro Yon (1886-1943) played in what is widely regarded as one of the finest-ever performances of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, conducted at Carnegie Hall in 1935 by Arturo Toscanini. Yon was sharing the stage with the likes of Elizabeth Rethberg and Ezio Pinza; he had acquired a comparable celebrity within the organ world in his lifetime, having emigrated from Italy to the US at the age of 21, and become Organist of St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, the foremost seat of Catholicism in the US. A New York Times profile portrayed him as an adopted New Yorker who moved in high-society circles and enjoyed ragtime and vaudeville, and he welcomed the likes of Caruso and Toscanini to his home as friends. When he died in 1943, the world-famous conductor numbered among the 1300 mourners at St Patrick’s. Yon’s own music has a post-Romantic, mid-Atlantic flavour reflecting his background without belonging to a single ‘school’. Christmas in Settimo Vittone or Rapsodia Italiana draw on his Piedmontese heritage. The trio of large-scale organ sonatas occupying the third album emerge from the virtuoso tradition of 19th-century keyboard writing exemplified by Liszt and translated to the organ by French contemporaries such as Guilmant and Vierne. Album 1 is dedicated to a collection of 12 Divertimenti including not only the Italian-themed character pieces mentioned above but also an expansive ‘American Rhapsody’ – like a transatlantic version of Howells, perhaps, sharing its chromatic harmony with the music of Leo Sowerby – and shorter study-like pieces which exploit the full range of colours available on the organ of St Patrick’s which he had extensively renovated and updated to reflect changing tastes, rather as Pierre Cochereau did at Notre-Dame in Paris.
Facts
Item number BRI95912
Barcode 5028421959122
Release date 1/22/2021
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 3
Performers
Classical Artist Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
Disc: 1
12 Divertimenti00:30:00
1 No. 1. Rimembranza 00:04:27 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
2 No. 2. Humoresque 00:02:11 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
3 No. 3. Elan du Coeur 00:05:03 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
4 No. 4. Speranza (Hope) 00:05:40 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
5 No. 5. Minuetto antico e Musetta 00:03:52 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
6 No. 6. Il Natale a Settimo Vittone 00:04:54 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
7 No. 7. Echo (Double canon in unison) 00:02:36 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
8 No. 8. Arpa Notturna 00:05:33 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
9 No. 9. Rapsodia Italiana 00:08:23 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
10 No. 10. American Rhapsody 00:12:28 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
11 No. 11. Trio all'Ottava 00:02:28 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
12 No. 12. Cornamusa Siciliana 00:03:48 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
Concerto Gregoriano (arr. for organ and piano)00:27:00
13 I. Introduzione e allegro 00:10:25 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M. Caporiccio, Gaia Federica
14 II. Adagio 00:04:57 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M. Caporiccio, Gaia Federica
15 III. Scherzo 00:02:51 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M. Caporiccio, Gaia Federica
16 IV. Finale 00:10:10 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M. Caporiccio, Gaia Federica
Canto elegiaco00:05:00
17 Canto elegiaco 00:05:40 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
Toccata00:06:00
18 Toccata 00:07:15 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
Suite Umoresca, "La Concertina"00:05:00
19 Suite Umoresca, "La Concertina" 00:05:21 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
Elegia00:06:00
20 Elegia 00:05:23 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
Three Compositions for Organ00:08:00
21 No. 2. Concert Study 00:04:22 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
22 No. 3. Second Concert Study 00:03:17 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
Organ Sonata No. 2, "Cromatica"00:06:00
23 I. Allegro rustico - Allegro vigoroso 00:08:12 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
24 II. Adagio triste 00:03:26 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
25 III. Fantasia e fuga 00:07:40 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
Organ Sonata No. 100:19:00
26 I. Allegro con spirito impetuoso 00:04:11 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
27 II. Adagio, ma non troppo 00:05:18 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
28 II. Minuetto 00:03:52 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
29 IV. Tema e Variazioni 00:06:19 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
Organ Sonata, No. 3, "Sonata Romantica"00:24:00
30 I. Introduzione ed Allegro 00:08:31 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
31 II. Adagio 00:06:16 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
32 III. Finale 00:08:41 Mazzoletti, Tommaso M.
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