Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Harry van der Kamp (musical direction)
CD - 12 discs
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Without doubt, this ‘Sweelinck Monument’, has been one of the most important recording projects of recent years.
Recognised by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, herself, at a ceremony in November 2010 at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, this involved the entire vocal output of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck – the most important Dutch composer ever – being recorded for the first time. This project, published by Glossa only in The Netherlands until now, culminates for the international market with this 12-cd box set, of the 150 Psalms.
Sweelinck, who was the organist at the Oude Kerk from the age of 15 until his death, carried out his musical activity at a time in which Catholicism had been supplanted by Calvinism. This development proved decisive in the composer basing his Magnum Opus – the composition of music for all the Psalms – on the French texts of the Genevan Psalter, a metrical adaptation of the Biblical Psalms made by Clément Marot and Theodore de Bèze. Possessed of a cosmopolitan spirit, Sweelinck managed to secure for his Psalms, replete with their madrigalistic influences, a significant distribution across Europe.
The Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam performs here the Psalms prefacing them with the wonderful melodies composed for the Genevan Psalter by Guillaume Franc, Louis Bourgeois and Pierre Davantès (Maître Pierre). Truly a monument, consisting of more than 12 hours of music which no early music lover should lose the opportunity in acquiring.