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CHAN 0758 - Sweelinck: Keyboard Works, Volume 2
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Available From: 01 March 2009
Gramophone wrote on the first volume in this series: ‘This generous disc of keyboard works falls squarely on the shoulders of the kaleidoscopic organ of the Pieterskerk in Leiden, Holland, rather than dividing the spoils between virginals, harpsichords and organs. Those who have encountered the supreme artistry of this composer at his best will relish the clarity of voicing and judicious registrations.’

As well as being one of the most famous organists and teachers of his time, Sweelinck was the last and most important composer of the musically rich golden era of the Netherlanders. His output comprises seventy works for keyboard, which represent some of the most richly imaginative music of the period, yet none was published during in lifetime.

None of the music in this varied and rewarding programme is well represented in the catalogue.

"...a glorious CD of some of Sweelinck’s most inspired keyboard music. There are all sorts of delights here, from the beautiful variations on Mein junges Leben hat ein Endt, to the substantial Fantasia Crommatica which ends the recital - and what an impressive piece it is too. Sweelinck’s music is full of imagination, taking influences from all over Europe and mixing them together to form an original voice. Die flichtig Nimphae is very charming indeed, but there is an unforced elegance about all the usic on this CD is quite captivating. This CD is superbly recorded and Robert Woolley is a masterful exponent of this repertoire."
The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

The gem of this volume is the Paduana Lachrymae, its sharp sighs gently yet deliberately laid bare on Adlam Burnett’s copy of a 1661 Rickers muselar virginal. On this and in the grandest Toccatas and the smiling variations of Die flichtig Nimphae, Woolley’s playing is unfailingly illuminating.
The Independent

A very inspiring recording which should be on everyone’s shopping list.
Early Music Review

A rich, rewarding brew of imaginative harpsichord music , expertly played…There is not much competition in the world of Sweelinck recordings, but this stands out as an excellent harpsichord release in its own right.


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