Frescobaldi Cubed - 6
ARTIST: Rosalinde Haas
LABEL: Amazon
PRODUCER: Michael Krams

The sixth and last in our series of albums featuring all of Girolamo Frescobaldi’s Toccatas, each played on three instruments: harpsichord, clavichord, organ (hence: “Frescobaldi CUBED”). This album is called “Panta rhei”. Rosalinde Haas’ interpretation of Frescobaldi’s toccatas is inspired by the idea of “everything flows” by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus (544-484 BC). She associates paintings from different periods to each of the toccatas.

Toccata II (secondo libro)
Flowing motifs shape the improvisational character of this toccata, setting the tone of this CD, with impressive introduction and conclusion interrupted by expressive interludes: An angel floats down as if he was on a rocket entering the stratosphere (Raphael, title page).

Toccata II (primo libro)
Unifying scale figures emerge out of the basic harmonies and suspensions. Flowing scale motifs appear in the final stage, following a rhythmically moving middle section. The allegorical figure “Abundance or Autumn” (Botticelli), with its sweeping lines and expressive gestures, symbolizes the exuberant character of this toccata.

Toccata XII (primo libro)
A restrained opening with bold modulations, and chromatic motifs leads into a lively imitative middle section. The conclusion reuses the structure of the quiet introductory part. El Greco’s “View of Toledo” reminds us of the checkered history of this city with its darkly lit stylized buildings and induces the subdued mood so characteristic of this toccata.

Toccata I (primo libro)
Floating imitations and extended wave-like movements adorn the harmonies. The abstract painting “The Sea” (Piet Mondrian, 1914) symbolizes the breadth and depth of the water and the music.

Toccata X (secondo libro)
Everything flows in this toccata: Rippling motives detach themselves from the basic chord and end in fast moving sixteenth figures. Rhythmically profiled interludes lead back into the lively movement of the music. Van Gogh’s painting “The River” succeeds to evoke the character of this bustling river through points and lines.

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