Psalms From Geneva - Organ Works by Sweelinck | BIS BISCD1614

Psalms From Geneva - Organ Works by Sweelinck

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BISCD1614

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 30th October 2006



Masaaki Suzuki is known as the inspired leader of Bach Collegium Japan, and has undertaken a complete cycle of Bach's cantatas for BIS. 
After studying in the Netherlands, Suzuki graduated with a soloist's diploma in both organ and harpsichord. The years spent in the Netherlands explain his familiarity with the musical world of J.P. Sweelinck, and with the traditions of the Dutch Reformed Church with its ties to Calvin and his 'Genevan Psalter'. 
The attractively varied programme on this disc alternates secular music for the organ with Sweelinck's settings of psalms from the Genevan Psalter. Due to the suspicion with which the Dutch Reformed Church and Calvin regarded instrumental music in religious contexts, these settings were not intended to accompany the congregational singing, but were rather played either before or after the service, providing an opportunity for meditation and afterthought. 
The organ (2002 Marc Garnier organ of Shinko-Kyokai, Kobe) chosen by Masaaki Suzuki is a splendid instrument built by Marc Garnier according to the Northern German and Dutch style of the mid-17th century, especially for the use in the services of the Kobe congregation of the Reformed Church of Japan, where the tradition of congregational singing of Calvin's Genevan Psalter is particularly strong.


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