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Sweelinck - Complete Keyboard Works


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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD922410

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Release Date: 30th October 2015



Bob van Asperen (harpsichord, virginal)
Pieter-Jan Belder (harpsichord, virginal)
Pieter van Dijk (organ)
Pieter Dirksen (harpsichord, virginal)
Leo van Doeselaar (organ)
Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)
Reitze Smits (organ)
Marieke Spaans (harpsichord, virginal)
Harald Vogel (organ)
Alexander Weimann (harpsichord)
Bernard Winsemius (organ)
Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam


Harry van der Kamp


Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon


Bob van Asperen (harpsichord, virginal)
Pieter-Jan Belder (harpsichord, virginal)
Pieter van Dijk (organ)
Pieter Dirksen (harpsichord, virginal)
Leo van Doeselaar (organ)
Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)
Reitze Smits (organ)
Marieke Spaans (harpsichord, virginal)
Harald Vogel (organ)
Alexander Weimann (harpsichord)
Bernard Winsemius (organ)
Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam


Harry van der Kamp


The large-scale Het Sweelinck Monument project, with Harry van der Kamp as its driving force, and with individual issues on Glossa over the last 6 years in book-CD format for the Netherlands and as multiple-CD sets for the international market, embraces the complete vocal and instrumental music output of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.

The 6-CD set now being issued concludes this collection (which serves as a remarkable memorial to this influential composer), presenting in one box the complete works for keyboard instruments by the Dutch composer.

Historical organs, virginals and harpsichords are played here by the most eminent specialists, including Pieter Dirksen, Pieter-Jan Belder, Bob van Asperen and the late Gustav Leonhardt.

This set also includes four-part settings of choral melodies used by Sweelinck.

The Keyboard Works Vol.1
CD 1
'Schwalbennest' organ (Kirche Sankt Marien, Lemgo, Germany)
1. Fantasia a1 (‘B-A-C-H’), SWWV273
Da pacem Domine in diebus nostris
2. Melody
3. 4 Variations, SWWV302
4. Fantasia F1 - Ut re mi fa sol la (Hexachord), SWWV263
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott
5. Die XXVIII. Melodey, a 4 (Jacobus Praetorius)
6. 6 Variations, SWWV303
7. Fantasia C5, SWWV257
O God, die onse Vader bist
8. Melody (Jan Utenhove?)
9. SWWV308

16th/17th century organ (Reformierte Kirche, Uttum, Germany)
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein
10. Die LVI. Melodey, a 4 (Joachim Decker)
11. 3 Variations, SWWV307
12. Toccata d3, SWWV287
13. Fantasia F2, SWWV264
14. Fantasia g2, SWWV271

CD 2 [76:24]
Hans Ruckers virginal (1604 Dordrecht, Netherlands)
1. Toccata g4, SWWV295
Mein junges Leben hat ein Endt
2. Melody (a 4, Pieter Dirksen)
3. 6 Variations, SWWV324
4. Almande Gratie. 4 Variations, SWWV318
5. Toccata a2 (Praeludium Toccata) noni toni, SWWV297
Puer nobis nascitur
6. Melody: Ons is gheboren een kindekijn
7. 4 Variations, SWWV315
8. Pavana Lachrymae (after John Dowland), SWWV328

Ioannes Ruckers harpsichord (1639 Schloss Ringenberg, Hamminkeln, Germany)
9. Toccata a1, SWWV296
Engelsche Fortuyn / Fortune my foe
10. Melody (a 4, Pieter Dirksen)
11. 3 Variations, SWWV320
12. Pavana Hispanica. 4 Variations, SWWV327
13. Toccata C1, SWWV282
14. Fantasia d2, SWWV259
15. Pavana Philippi. 2 Variations, after Peter Philips, SWWV329
16. Fantasia d1 (‘cromatica’), SWWV258

CD 3 [74:14]
Jan van Covelens organ (Sint-Laurenskerk, Alkmaar, Netherlands)
1. Toccata C3 (a 3), SWWV284
2. Fantasia G2 (‘2.3.4. vocem’), SWWV267
3. Fantasia a3 (‘op de manier van een Echo’), SWWV275
4. Canon over the melody of Psalm 36 (& 68), SWWV196
Christe qui lux es et dies
5. Melody (Maarten Luther)
6. 3 Variations, SWWV301
7. Fantasia g3, SWWV272
8. Fantasia g1 (‘contraria’), SWWV270

Edo Evers organ (Warnfriedkirche, Osteel, Germany)
9. Toccata G2 (a 3). SWWV289
10. Fantasia d5. SWWV262
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
11. Die LV. Melodey, a 4 (David Scheidemann)
12. 4 Variations, SWWV305
13. Fantasia G3 (‘Fuga’), SWWV268
Allein zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ
14. Die V Melodey, a 4 (Hieronymus Praetorius)
15. 4 Variations, SWWV300

The Keyboard Works Vol.2
CD 1
Artus Gheerdinck virginal (1605. Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany)
1. Toccata G1, SWWV288
2. Almande de Chapelle. 3 Variations, SWWV317
3. Toccata C2, SWWV283
4. Malle Sijmen, SWWV323
5. Toccata g1 (‘2di Toni’), SWWV292
6. Ich fuhr mich uber Rheine. 6 Variations, SWWV322
7. Toccata g3 (‘2di Toni’), SWWV294

Andreas Ruckers harpsichord (1637 Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany)
Esce Mars
8. Melody (a 4, Pieter Dirksen)
9. 7 Variations, SWWV321
10. Toccata G4, SWWV291
11. Fantasia C2 (‘à 4’), SWWV254
12. Die flichtig Nimphae. 3 Variations, SWWV331
13. Fantasia C3 (‘op de manier van een Echo’), SWWV255
14. Soll es sein (‘Poolse almande’, 8 Variations), SWWV330
15. Toccata d2 (‘Primi Toni’), SWWV286
16. Unter der Linden grune. 4 Variations, SWWV325
17. Fantasia C1 (‘op de manier van een Echo’), SWWV253
18. Toccata g2 (‘2di Toni’), SWWV293

CD 2 [73:53]
Hendrick & Johannes Huis organ (Antoniuskerk, Kantens, Netherlands)
Allein Gott in der Höh sey Ehr
1. Die VI. Melodey, a 4 (Hieronymus Praetorius)
2. 4 Variations, SWWV2995
3. Toccata d1, SWWV285
4. Fantasia d3 (‘à 4: Echo’), SWWV260
5. Ricercar a1, SWWV280
6. Fantasia F3 (‘met bindingen’), SWWV265

Galtus & Germer van Hagerbeer organ (Pieterskerk, Leiden, Netherlands)
Wir gleuben all an einen Gott
7. Die LXXXIII. Melodey, a 4 (Jacobus Praetorius)
8. 3 Variations, SWWV316
9. Toccata a3 (‘à 4 Voc.’), SWWV298
10. Fantasia d4 (‘à 4: Echo’), SWWV261
Jesus Christus unser Heylandt
11. Die XLIIII. Melodey, a 4 (Joachim Decker)
12. 5 Variations, SWWV306
13. Fantasia a2 (‘à 2, 3: et 4 vocem’), SWWV274

CD 3 [68:36]
Transept organ (Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
1. Psalm 36: Des boosdoenders wille seer quaedt. 4 Variations, SWWV311
2. Psalm 23: Myn Godt voedt my als mijn heerder ghepresen. 3 Variations, SWWV310
3. Psalm 140: O myn Godt, wilt my nu bevryden. 5 Variations, SWWV314
4. Psalm 60: Heer die ons hebt verstooten al. 2 Variations, SWWV312
5. Psalm 116: Ick hebb’ den Heer lief, want hy heeft verhoort. 4 Variations, SWWV313
6. Psalm 9, verse 11: Chantez en exultation au Dieu qui habit’ en Sion
Double canon over a melody by Claude Lejeune

Andreas Ruckers harpsichord (1637 Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany)
07. Fantasia G1 (‘à 4’). SWWV266
De lustelijcke mey
08. a 4 (Clemens non Papa)
09. (John Bull)
10. Fantasy over a fugue by M Jan Pieters (John Bull)

Rainer Schütze harpsichord (1961, after Ruckers, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
11. Esce Mars. 7 Variations, SWWV321
12. Pavana Lachrymae (after John Dowland), SWWV328


the performances are excellent … lovers of early keyboard music should not hesitate.  Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International March 2016

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