Simone Stella is certainly one of the best young Italian musicians today. His first (double) recording reveals a character that is respectful, accurate and highly musical; in a word, a mature performance. The instrument on which he plays is a brand new harpsichord built by William Horn on the model of historical Flemish harpsichord by Johannes Ruckers (Antwerp 1638).
With this recording, sound engineer, Alessandro Simonetto, has obtained an enthusiastically brilliant and weighted sound. We believe it will be a real joy for your ears.
Recorded at: OnClassical Studio, Pove del Grappa,
Engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: Nicolaes Berchem: 'The Ford (?)' (?)
studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2009
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