David's Review Corner
, July 2010
Marco Enrico Bossi was twenty-nine before he embarked on his career as a concert organist, at the same time establishing a new school of organ playing to take Italy into the 20th century. He composed in many genres, though today is almost entirely known through his organ works, the present disc containing an overview of his scores. It also shows the many influences that appear in his writing, the opening Theme et Variations owing some debt to the French school of Cesar Franck, and reminding one of the improvisations Marcel Dupre would instantly offer. The Hora mystica and Hora gaudiosa - two pieces from the Cinque pezzi - moves to a style many years forward, the delicate wash of the mystica reminding of the French Impressionist composers, the second work full of Liszt in its big powerful outpouring. Then into the world of Reger for the Piece Heroique; Puccini for the highly attractive Fervore (Fervour); a mix of Reger and Liszt for the Konzertstuck - a score originally for organ and orchestra, opening imposingly only to conclude with a finale that fades away. Finally the Colloquio colle rondini (Colloquy with the swallows), a piece of delicate picture painting. If this reads like a composer following in footsteps, well that is how it all sounds to my ears. Everything is enjoyable and I would recommend it most enthusiastically, but am I really discovering a neglected composer? Certainly the Italian organist, Pier Damiano Peretti, is thoroughly convincing in the various modes. Presently sharing his time as a concert artist and an eminent teacher, he draws a vast range of sounds from the very large 1916 Furtwangler & Hammer instrument in Verden Cathedral.