We continue our collaboration with the organist and harpsichordist Simone Stella, this time with the harpsichord works by Dietrich Buxtehude in four releases. These works, recorded only a few times in the history of music, include the vast majority of the Suites for harpsichord and the six Arias with Variations, plus some minor works and five "manualiter" organ works.
Simone Stella enriches his interpretation with a refined and charming phrasing and a gentle touch. The harpsichord is exploited in all its combinations of registers for a more coloristic variety.
Recorded at: OnClassical Studio, Pove del Grappa,
Engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: Johannes Vermeer: 'Woman Seated at the Virginal', detail (1673-75)
studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2010
Born in Florence in 1981, Simone Stella is a pupil of harpsichordist Francesco
Cera. He also studied organ with Mariella Mochi and Alessandro Albenga and organ
improvisation with Fausto Caporali and Stefano Rattini. Mr. Stella has attended
many courses and seminars held by internationally acclaimed artists, including Ton
Koopman, Matteo Imbruno, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Luca Scandali, Giancarlo Parodi,
Stefano Innocenti, Klemens Schnorr, Ludger Lohmann, Michel Bouvard, Monika Henking,
and Guy Bovet.
Simone Stella (photo by Alessandro Simonetto, © 2010)
Simone Stella is winner of the 2nd and 3rd “A. Esposito” Youth Organ Competitions
held in Lucca (2004-05), and the 1st “Agati-Tronci” International Organ Competition
held in Pistoia (2008).
He performs, especially as a soloist, in Italy, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands,
Denmark and United States. His repertoire includes harpsichord and organ music from
every historical era up to and including the present day. Particularly interesting
is his live performance (2009-10) of the complete organ works by Dieterich Buxtehude
in the historical Church of Orsanmichele in Florence, where he was titular organist.
He has recorded the First Book of Suites de pièces by Georg Friderich
Handel exclusively for OnClassical, and the Complete Harpsichord and Organ Works
by Dietrich Buxtehude, George Boehm, Adam Reincken, Johann Gottfried Walther (soon
to be released); this grand project is also under the aegis of international renowned
label Brilliant Classics which actively supports it and prints the CD-version.
There's no question that Stella has the proper Buxtehude style,
which is to play with irregular meter and with the parts of both hands slightly
out-of-synch much of the time, which creates a weird tension[...]. Stella is
also excellent in the long sets of variations [...].
- Lynn René Bailey, Fanfare