Frescobaldi's Toccate, Partite,
Capricci and other works for harpsichord
This recording presents eight of the toccatas, four each from collections
printed in Frescobaldi's "first maturity" (1615), and
"full maturity" (1624). Dr. Anthony Newcomb points our
that the toccatas received "the place of honour" at the
head of these publications and "are Frescobaldi's most personal
creation; they are among the finest products of the intensity of
feeling and freedom of fantasy that were the glories of the early
Baroque era in Rome."
Louis Bagger also presents five of the large-scale, four-voiced
imitative works, five dance-based pieces, and a keyboard elaboration
of a famous madrigal.
About the Performer
Mr. Bagger is widely recognised as a recitalist and chamber musician.
He has presented recitals in Boston, New York, and Washington and
has performed on concert tours at colleges and universities across
the United States. He has also appeared at the Aston Magna Festival,
the Gulbankian Festival in Portugal, and as a guest artist with
the Waverly Consort, the Boston Camerata, the Cambridge Society
for Early Music, and, on a European tour, with the Baroque Trio.
A member of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Bagger
has served on the faculties of Brandeis and Harvard Universities,
as an artist-in-residence at the University of California at Davis,
and on the summer staff of the Eastman School of Music.
Photo of LOUIS BAGGER