Grimoaldo Macchia: Organ Fireworks


  • Artist(s): Ivan Ronda
  • Composer(s): Grimoaldo Macchia
  • EAN Code: 7.46160915944
  • Edition: Da Vinci Classics
  • Format: 1 Cd
  • Genre: Chamber
  • Instrumentation: Organ
  • Period: Contemporary
  • Publication year: 2023
SKU: C00756 Category:

Additional information



EAN Code






Publication year



We can begin by stating that this CD is the result of the great empathy, sympathy, synergy, friendship and esteem between three people, who are truly friends with each other. To tell the truth, this new recording project was not scheduled for this year 2023, even if the idea of a project to be carried out together had been boiling in the pot for some time. The author of the project, as well as the creator of the amazing interpretations, is my dear friend Ivan Ronda, organist of international level, already known since long ago in the organ music environment for his peculiar interpretations of great composers of the past such as: Bach, Händel , Mozart, Reger, up to recording projects dedicated entirely to composers of contemporary organ music. The title of the CD is “Organ Fireworks”, since from the list of titles it can be seen that most of the compositions performed here have a festive, solemn, playful, but at the same time meditative character. Another characteristic that immediately emerges is that the musical form of “Variations” prevails in the CD, considered not only in the more traditional style of the term, but also in a broader and more modern conception. This is a record that “winks” at two distinct musical environments, which throughout history have indeed had their independence and evolution, but at the same time have often intertwined with each other. The Variations proposed here were conceived and created on a series of well-known themes, both sacred and profane: from the sacred melody of the “Te Deum” (Gregorian chant), to the profane theme of the advertising leitmotif of the “Carosello ”, also passing through the Neapolitan music and themes from films such as “Don Camillo”. It is also possible to listen to other well-known themes, such as that of the Venice Carnival, Paganini’s Variations, as well as a “Mambo-Swing” Toccata & Fugue BWV 565 version by J.S.Bach. Each Variation’s movement has its own character, development and peculiarity but, at the same time, takes on an ever new, fresh and sparkling character which leads to a grand finale, that highlights both the great technical-musical skills of the interpreter, but also brings out the tonal peculiarities of the great Mascioni Organ.

Possiamo esordire affermando che questo CD è il frutto della grande empatia, simpatia, sinergia, amicizia e stima fra tre persone davvero amiche tra loro. A dire il vero, questo nuovo progetto discografico non era in programma per quest’anno 2023, anche se bolliva in pentola da tempo l’idea di un progetto da realizzare insieme. L’ideatore del progetto, nonché artefice anche delle strepitose interpretazioni, è il mio caro amico Ivan Ronda, organista di livello internazionale, già noto da tempo nell’ambiente musicale organistico per le sue peculiari interpretazioni di grandi compositori del passato come: Bach, Händel, Mozart, Reger, fino ad arrivare a progetti discografici dedicati interamente a compositori di musica organistica contemporanea. Il titolo del CD è “Organ Fireworks”, poiché dalla lista dei titoli si può notare come la maggior parte delle composizioni qui eseguite abbiano un carattere festoso, solenne, giocoso, ma al tempo stesso anche meditativo. Un’altra caratteristica che emerge subito è che nel disco prevale la forma musicale delle “Variazioni”, intese non solo nello stile più tradizionale del termine, ma anche in una concezione più ampia e più moderna. E’ un disco questo che “strizza l’occhiolino” a due contraddistinti ambienti musicali, che nel corso della Storia hanno avuto sì la loro “indipendenza ed evoluzione”, ma al contempo si sono spesso intrecciati tra loro. Le Variazioni qui proposte sono state pensate e realizzate su una serie di temi molto conosciuti, sia nel sacro che ne profano: dalla melodia sacra del “Te Deum” (canto gregoriano), per arrivare al tema profano della sigla pubblicitaria del “Carosello”, passando anche per la musica napoletana e temi da film come “Don Camillo”. E’ possibile ascoltare anche altri temi conosciuti, come quello del Carnevale di Venezia, delle Variazioni di Paganini, nonché una versione “Mambo –Swing” Toccata & Fugue BWV 565 di J.S.Bach. Ogni movimento di Variazione ha un suo carattere, un suo sviluppo e una sua peculiarità ma, al tempo stesso, assume un carattere sempre nuovo, fresco e frizzante che porta ad un gran finale, che mette in risalto sia le grandi doti tecnico-musicali dell’interprete, ma fa risaltare anche quelle che sono le peculiarità timbriche del grande Organo Mascioni.
Ivan Ronda © 2023


Ivan Ronda studied under Maestro Luigi Toja at the Giuseppe Nicolini Conservatory in Piacenza, graduating with the highest distinction in piano, organ, harpsichord, choral and orchestral conducting; he also received an honorary diploma of merit on completion of his eighth year of advanced study and went on to attend masterclasses in piano and organ, notably with the great French virtuoso Jean Guillou. Central to his repertory are the great works of J S Bach, Mozart, Reger and Liszt. For the labels Fugatto and Brilliant Classics, Ivan Ronda has recorded several CDs on historical organs (Arlesheim Dom, St. Johanniskirche in Luneburg) as well as for Brillian the Handel’s Complete Organ Concertos transcribed for organ solo by Marcel Duprè. He has toured prestigious venues in the UK, performing at King’s College and St John’s College, Cambridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham and Coventry Cathedral. In 2005, he visited South America, performing in cathedrals and basilicas in Montevideo and Buenos Aires, where his Metropolitan Cathedral recital attracted an audience of 1000 people; his recordings have been broadcast on RAI International and Radio Classica Bresciana. He has been invited to perform on ancient and newly-built historical instruments in important organ festivals. Among the few selected organist to play at Como Cathedral, important composers such as Enrico Pasini, Grimoaldo Macchia, Hans André Stamm, Marco Lo Muscio, Andreas Willscher, Carlotta Ferrari, and Carlo Francesco Defranceschi, have composed and dedicated organ works to him.


Grimoaldo Macchia
He was born in Rome in 1972, began his musical studies at the Arts Academy of Rome. In the context of his generation can be considered an eclectic musician, composer, pianist, organist, arranger and conductor. He graduated in piano and composition with honours at the Conservatory "F. Morlacchi" of Perugia. Also, parallel specialized in studies of organ and conducting. Later he graduated with honours in Music (composition – Applied Music) at the Conservatory of Perugia, under the guidance of M ° Stefano Bracci. His compositions are performed regularly in prestigious places all over the world: Basilika of Weingarten (DE), Marktkirche in Wiesbaden (DE), Fuldaer Dom (DE), Ulmer (DE), Landsberberg Mariä Himmelfahrt, Klosterkirche Engelberg (Switzerland), Uppsala Domkyrka (Sweden), St. Laurenskerk (Holland), Notre Damede Paris, Cathédrale Saint-Étienne, Liverpool Cathedral, Beverley Minster(London), Old South Church in Boston, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (USA), Turku Cathedral (Finland), Catholic Cathedral (Moscow), Dunedin City Hall (New Zealand), The Memorial Church HarvardUniversity (Cambridge (Massachusetts), Messina Cathedral, and many others. From1st August 2014 until 31st March 2017 he was principal organist at the Katholische Kirche of “St. George und Zeno” in Arth (Switzerland). Since 1st April 2017, he has been principal organist of the Reformierte Kirche in Birr. In June 2018, he obtained the DAS (Diploma of Advanced Studies) in Sacred Music (Organ discipline) at the Musikhochschule der Künste ZHdK in Zurich. In June 2019 he took second place in the International Organ Composition Competition "Angels of Creation Competition".