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Haendel: Complete Preludes and Toccatas from the Bergamo Manuscript

By Fernando De Luca

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By Fernando De Luca. By Georg Friedrich Haendel. Classical. CD. Urania Records #LDV14032. Published by Urania Records (NX.LDV14032).

Item Number: NX.LDV14032

This new release is special, indeed. Harpsichordist Fernando de Luca performs Handel's complete preludes and toccatas from the Bergamo Manuscript in their world premiere recording. Fernando De Luca was born in Rome in 1961. He started to compose in the baroque idiom at 9 or before. At 14, he joined the Conservatory of Rome "Santa Cecilia" to study Organ and Piano, although his true passion was the Harpsichord. Among the many musical experiences De Luca had during his early activity in Roman musical life, one of the most important was his apprenticeship with Mons. Domenico Bartolucci who was Maestro di Cappella (Kapell Meister / Chapel's Master) for the Cappella Sistina in the Vatican. Here Fernando approached the study of Sacred Music, counterpoint and learnt the art of improvisation and composition. He graduated in 1987 (Piano, with V. De Vita) and 1992 (Harpsichord, with P. Bernardi) and in the same years, was a prizewinner in the AMR (Associazione Musicale Romana) and a harpsichord contest at "G.Rossini" Conservatory in Pesaro. Currently Fernando lives in Venice, where in addition to composing, he is a member of the Period Instruments Orchestra "Accademia Barocca di Santa Cecilia" (directed by Paolo Pollastri), where he is the basso continuo player. He teaches "Harpsichord and ancient Keyboards" in the Conservatory "G.P. da Palestrina" in Cagliari.

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