Psalms from Geneva

Psalms from Geneva

by Masaaki Suzuki
     
 

When it comes to religious intensity and spiritual severity in Baroque organ music, nobody beats Sweelinck -- not Böhm, not Buxtehude, not Lübeck, not Tunder, not Pachelbel, not even Bach. TheSee more details below

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When it comes to religious intensity and spiritual severity in Baroque organ music, nobody beats Sweelinck -- not Böhm, not Buxtehude, not Lübeck, not Tunder, not Pachelbel, not even Bach. The Dutch Reform Calvinist composer was a true believer who found the Truth with a capital T in the correct sequence of pitches and durations, and his organ music is at once instantly apprehensible and infinitely profound. In this superb collection by Japanese organist, harpsichordist, and conductor Masaaki Suzuki, Sweelinck's toccatas, Psalms, and chorales are presented with utmost sincerity and maximum musicality. Suzuki, who may be best known internationally as the leader of BIS' Bach cantata series, is a more than capable organist -- which is fine since the works here demand no more than a capable technique -- but, more importantly, he's also a very soulful musician -- which is better since these works depend far more on soul than on skill. Suzuki doesn't sentimentalize Sweelinck's music -- the austere lines and ascetic harmonies wouldn't bear it -- but he does make it as human and as approachable as possible, and the result is a recital that may convert the unconverted. BIS' recording of the 2002 Marc Garnier organ of Shinko-Kyokai, Kobe, is so real you can feel the bass notes in your bone marrow.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590016145
catalogNumber:
1614

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  1. Toccata for keyboard No. 1 in A minor  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  2. Psalm 140  - Claude Goudimel  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  3. O mijn God, wilt mij nu bevrijden (Psalm 140, O Dieu, donne-moy delivrance), variations for keyboard  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  4. Toccata for keyboard No. 2 in G major  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  5. Psalm 23  - Claude Goudimel  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  6. Mein Hüter und mein Hirt (Psalm 23), variations for organ (attributed to Sweelinck)  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  7. Toccata for keyboard No. 2 in C major  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  8. Psalm 116  - Claude Goudimel  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  9. Ik heb den Heer lief (Psalm 116, J'aime mon Dieu), variations for organ  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  10. Fantasia Chromatica for keyboard "Dorian"  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  11. Psalm 36  - Claude Goudimel  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  12. Des boosdoenders wille seer quaet (Psalm 36, Du malin le mechant vouloir), variations for organ  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  13. Echo Fantasia for keyboard No. 1 in C major  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  14. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, chorale variations (4) for organ (collaboration with other composers)  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata
  15. Puer nobis nascitur (Ons is geboren een kindekijn), variations for keyboard  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  - Robert von Bahr  - Horst A. Scholz  - Robert Suff  - Masaaki Suzuki  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Mari Hirata

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