Sweelinck: Toccata in C
This page lists all recordings of Toccata in C, by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC).
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Sweelinck: Toccatas - Fantasias - Variations
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Sweelinck: Organ Works
James David Christie (organ)
“The Houghton Chapel is nowhere near as resonantly spacious as the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, but its relative intimacy doesn't rob the organ of its natural resonance and tonal beauty. James David Christie presents what's in effect a most satisfactory re-creation of one of Sweelinck's organ recitals, given daily between 1580 and 1621, for the burghers of Amsterdam. One hopes they were appreciative of the most consistently witty and generous-spirited keyboard music before the era of Buxtehude, Couperin and Bach.
While Christie may not possess the lyricism of a Leonhardt, the humane warmth of a Piet Kee or the mercurial whimsy of a Koopman, he is, in his own right, a bold, stylish, unhasty player, clearly thoroughly versed in early performance practice, with an incisive technique disclosing musical intelligence and common sense. He's particularly successful in the five major variation sets here, relishing the variety of decorative motifs but still conveying an impression of structural coherence and unity. Just occasionally his articulation might have worked better in a somewhat larger acoustic: at times a more obviously singing touch might have suggested greater tenderness in quieter moments and more ample majesty in louder ones.
Nevertheless, with appealing registrations, an almost ideal choice of programme and undistractingly natural recording this is recommended.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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