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SWEELINCK: Organ Works

Composer(s):Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon
Artist(s) Christie, James David, organ
Period(s) Renaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.550904
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Those wanting a larger, more fully representative collection of Sweelinck’s organ music can turn to Naxos, who do not usually let us down with their one-disc surveys. Certainly the Wellesley College organ sounds right, James David Christie is a persuasive exponent, and his pacing is convincing. The two Toccatas are the most commanding pieces here the C major quite virtuosic. Sweelinck’s chorale variations repeat the cantus firmus clearly with embellishments of increasing complexity. The secular variations are simpler. Those based on a Dutch song are derived from an English ballad, All in a garden green, and the jolly Malle Sijmen (‘Simple Simon’) is based on an old English-dance-tune, and is piquantly registered. Poolsche (‘Polish dance’) is much more elaborate. I is in the middle section of the Echo Fantasia that the cuckoo-like echoes finally appear and the piece concludes like a toccata. Excellent recording.



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