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Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Ricci
Ranked #145 of 641 things to do in Florence
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Well for a small discretionary donation to the church anyway. We sat and enjoyed two recitals, one where we just happened upon this church as we passed during the morning and then returning later in the week for an evening recital. The selection of music played in this little church that is just off a main route, blew me away with the power and backdrop. The organ itself is magnificent with it pipes and trumpets rumbling and blaring out overhead. Florence is a beautiful city with many big ticket items, sometimes the small ones can give just as much pleasure. Don't miss this and do give a small donation -it is well worth it.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Having been in Florence for only a couple of days and been subjected to a terrible 'aria' recital by a screechy soprano I had higher hopes for this concert. The fact that it was free was a bonus although the church was incredibly dark and, for those who are not so familiar in the genre, a list of the pieces being played or announcements of the would really have helped. Bach was well-represented and his great "Passacaglia in C minor" was well done. Nice sensitive registrations in the quieter sections. It proved to be, however, an inevitable populist programme in which the inevitable "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" [Bach], "Finale for Symphonie No. 5" [Widor] &, goodness gracious, Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah". These were unsubtly played with much noise and bravado. Alas the speeds in the Bach "D minor" only served to unsettle the structure of the work. This is not to say that it wasn't enjoyable as the power of the organ shone through and it was well-suited to the tourists that strolled off the street to avoid the evening downpour. For me the evening was rescued by a sterling performance of Vierne's magnificent finale to his "Symphonie No 1". The crescendos were done splendidly and the pedal tune (for my mind this is better than the more famous Widor) thundered brilliantly when needed. This is a must do in Florence so, whilst ultimately lacking finesse, it shows off the organ very well and that is exactly required. By the way, donations are necessary to keep the organ in tip-top condition. I saw several people leaving without putting even a cent into the collection box.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Wandered into small church near duomo and heard some great classical organ music. Nice oasis in a vast sea of carnival street performance art at night. Begins at 9. Amazing so few partake in listening to Handel Bach etc.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Too few people know about the magnificent organ concert currently presented free each night here. Amidst the wandering tourists and students at the end of the day, stop in for a treat. The small size of the church only magnifies the music. You may feel moved to donate to keep this gem open.

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