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The Complete Organ Works of Francisco Correa de Arauxo: Correa in the New World
By Robert Bates. By Francisco Correa de Arauxo (1576-1654). Classical. CD. Naxos #LRCD-1141-45. Published by Naxos (NX.LRCD-1141-45).
Item Number: NX.LRCD-1141-45
Francisco Correa de Arauxo's surviving music is contained entirely in his Facultad organica of 1626. Published in Alcala under the composer's own direction, this constitutes one of the largest and most significant works in the entire history of the organ. His compositions embody a wide range of characteristics, some rational and well structured, others mystical and even eccentric. Correa no doubt intended his works to be played in meantone temperament- the normal tuning system at the time for organs, and the one heard on these recordings. Robert Bates is an award winning, internationally known recording artist, recitalist, composer, and a specialist in early French and Spanish Organ music. His recordings include "Viaticum," containing eight of his own compositions as well as "Complete Organ Works of Jehan Titelouze." His live performance for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists is available as "In Recital at Lagerquist Hall." Professor at the Moores School of Music, Houston, Texas, Professor Bates previously served as University Organist at Stanford University where he received his Ph.D. in Musicology.