By Marie-Antoinette Stabentheiner and Pier Damiano Peretti. By Biagio Putignano and Codex Faenza. Classical, Solo Instrumental. Classical. CD. Tactus Records #TC961602. Published by Tactus Records (NX.TC961602).
The organist Pier Damiano Peretti - living in Vienna since 2009 as a teacher at the Universitat (formerly Hochschule) fur Musik und darstellende Kunst - on this album is tackling the very difficult organ pages of the well-known composer from Puglia, Biagio Putignano, using the valuable 1995 Mathis organ located in the Scottekirche in Vienna, with the help of the soprano Marie-Antoinette Stabentheiner performing Three Sacred Pieces. So, it seemed therefore logical in the conception of this album, to counterpoint the poetry of a new Middle Ages (U. Eco) obbligato music by Biagio Putignano, with excerpts from the earliest surviving Italian keyboard music collection, the 1420 Faenza Codex: secular intabulations of great ingenuity, which on the threshold of the modern era are enticed to silent, comfortable joy. For the performance of these pieces, Peretti uses a positive organ from the Neapolitan School of the eighteenth century belonging to St. Ursula Kirche in Vienna.