Laura Cerutti

Concerti und Ouverturen von Telemann und Heinichen auf der Orgel

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Cornetto-Verlag and its label -- on which organist Laura Cerutti's Concerti und Overturen von Telemann und Heinichen auf der Orgel appears -- are based in Stuttgart; at Cornetto's site you can order or download facsimiles of rare music editions such as Abraham Megerle's 1672 volume Speculum Musico-Mortuale. The label also prepares CDs, most generally relating to the music it publishes. Laura Cerutti is one of the contributors and here she plays three orchestral concerti and a church sonata, all as arranged for the organ for orchestral -- or, as in the case of the trio sonata, chamber -- forces. She has recorded her arrangements of orchestral pieces of Johann Christoph Pez for Centaur, and as was the case in that situation, most of the music here sounds like orchestral music arranged for organ and is not particularly idiomatic. However, there is one happy exception; her recasting of the Concerto in G major, Siebel 215, of Johann David Heinichen; it really does work for the organ, it does not suffer from jumbled sounding ornaments or too flat sounding textures, and it's a very enjoyable experience. Cerutti also utilizes the Holzhey organ in Weissenau in this work that she employed for the whole of the previous Pez recording, and the sound of this recording is everything it should be; clear, bold, and well-balanced.

Telemann's Overture La Bourse (The Stock Exchange), however, comes off as rather monotonous in Cerutti's arrangement, and it is not helped by that rather muddy, limited recording, made on a Serassi organ at the parochial church of St. Mamante in Novara. The opposite is true of the A minor Heinichen concerto and Sonata da Chiesa, played on Carnisi organ at St. Maria del Carmine in Luino; the recording is a little bright, and these pieces are typified by the kind of excessively busy ornamentation alternating with long, monochromatic sections one encounters in some of Cerutti's other transcriptions. But at least here, not all of the news is bad; the G major Heinichen concerto is good, and perhaps Cerutti has some other gems up her sleeve, as well, among the numerous discs she is recording for Cornetto-Verlag.

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