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Sweelinck: Complete Harpsichord & Organ Music / Boccaccio


Release Date: 05/01/2020 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95643  
Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘A splendid recording by a fine artist’: Choir and Organ magazine on Daniele Boccaccio’s organ version of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (95157) – the first ever such project. Now Boccaccio travels back several generations, to Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621). This Italian-trained. Amsterdam-based organist/composer/teacher is the real father of the North German school, including not only the Bach family but also Scheidt and Buxtehude. All these composers were aware of and decisively influenced by Sweelinck.

Sweelinck's extant keyboard output comprises some seventy pieces. The precise instrument for which each of the pieces was written cannot always be determined with certainty. While the chorale settings most likely were
Read more intended for the organ and the secular song variations for harpsichord or virginal, Sweelinck's fantasias and toccatas (over thirty in number) may well have been played on whatever keyboard instrument was at hand. Boccaccio has paid careful attention to the details of old fingering techniques; the resultant variety in phrasing and articulation gives new life to figurations that with a more modern legato approach can seem plain. As his own booklet note explains, he has also taken considered decisions about when discreet ornamentation can enhance the music's impact and when to let Sweelinck's notes speak for themselves. Particularly in the fantasias, he captures some of the freshness with which Sweelinck's music must have struck its first listeners.

He has chosen three different instruments for the organ performances: the Arp Schnitger organ (1678) in the Johanneskirche, Oederquart; a Fritz Scherer organ (1612/13) in the Marienkirche, Lemgo; and an instrument of unknown manufacture from around 1550 in the Andreaskirche, Ostönnen. The harpsichord is a modern copy of a 1679 model by the Flemish maker Jan Couchet. A project long in the making, this set will command the attention of all early- and Baroque-music lovers. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia Chromatica, for keyboard "Dorian", SwWV 258 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
2.
Ons is gheboren een kindekijn "Puer nobis nascitur" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
3.
Almande Gratie by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
4.
More palatino by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
5.
Echo Fantasia for organ No. 1 in D minor, SwWV 260 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
6.
Toccata noni toni, SwWV 296 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
7.
Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, chorale variations for organ, SwWV 309 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
8.
Ricercar for keyboard in A minor ("del nono tono"), SwWV 280 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
9.
Vluchtige nimph by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
10.
Fantasia for Keyboard "Ut re mi fa sol la", SwWV 263 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
11.
Fantasia Contraria, for keyboard, SwWV 270 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
12.
Toccata secundi toni G 1, SwWV 292/L 21 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
13.
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
14.
Toccata for Keyboard C 2, SwWV 283/L 20 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
15.
Echo Fantasia, for organ in A minor, SwWV 275 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
16.
Ick voer al over Rhijn by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
17.
Toccata ŕ 3 voci G 2, SwWV 289/L 23 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
18.
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
19.
O God die onse Vader bist, chorale variations for organ (attributed to Sweelinck), SwWV 308 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
20.
Fantasia ŕ 4, SwWV 273 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: The Netherlands 
21.
Praeludium (Fantasia), SwWV 265 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: The Netherlands 
22.
Wir glauben all an einen Gott by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
23.
Toccata for organ No. 3 in C major (2 versions), SwWV 284 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
24.
Echo Fantasia in C, SwWV 253 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
25.
Toccata noni toni, SwWV 297/L 16 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
26.
Christe qui lux es et dies, chorale variations for organ, SwWV 301 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
27.
Soll es sein, SwWV 330 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
28.
Toccata primi toni D 2, SwWV 286/L 15 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: The Netherlands 
29.
Fantasia for organ No. 2 in F major (attributed to Sweelinck), SwWV 264 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
30.
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, chorale variations for organ, SwWV 305 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
31.
Pavana Lachrimae by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
32.
Onder een linde groen (Unter der Linden grüne), variations for keyboard (2 versions). SwWV 325 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
33.
Toccata for organ No. 3 in D minor (attributed to Sweelinck), SwWV 287 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
34.
Fantasia for keyboard in C major, SwWV 257 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
35.
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, chorale variations for organ (attributed to Sweelinck), SwWV 306 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
36.
Pavana hispanica by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
37.
Fantasia for organ No. 2 in G minor, SwWV 271 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
38.
Pavana Philippi by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
39.
Fantasia for organ No. 5 in D minor (doubtful), SwWV 262 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
40.
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein, chorale variations for organ, SwWV 307 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
41.
Toccata for keyboard No. 1 in G major (2 versions), SwWV 288 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
42.
Fantasia for keyboard No. 1 in G major, SwWV 266 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
43.
Psalm 23 "Mein Hüter und mein Hirt", SwWV 310 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
44.
Toccata in D minor, SwWV 285 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
45.
Des boosdoenders wille seer quaet (Psalm 36, Du malin le mechant vouloir), variations for organ, SwW by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
46.
Echo Fantasia in D minor, SwWV 261 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
47.
Heer, die ons hebt verstoten al (Psalm 60, O Dieu, qui nous as deboutez), variations for organ (attr by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
48.
Toccata for keyboard No. 1 in C major (2 versions), SwWV 282 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
49.
Fantasia ŕ 4, for keyboard in C major, SwWV 254 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
50.
Ik heb den Heer lief "J'aime mon Dieu" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
51.
Engelsche fortuyn by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
52.
O mijn God, wilt mij nu bevrijden (Psalm 140, O Dieu, donne-moy delivrance), variations for keyboard by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
53.
Fantasia for organ No. 2 in G major ("Fantasia 2.3.4. vocem"), SwWV 267 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
54.
Mein junges Leben hat ein End, variations for keyboard, SwWV 324 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
55.
Fantasia for keyboard No. 2 in D minor, SwWV 259 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
56.
Fantasia for organ No. 3 in G major (doubtful), SwWV 268 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
57.
Est-ce Mars by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
58.
Toccata ŕ 4 voci A 3, SwWV 298 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
59.
Fantasia for keyboard No. 3 in G minor, SwWV 272 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
60.
Toccata for organ No. 4 in G major (attributed to Sweelinck), SwWV 291 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
61.
Da Pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
62.
Echo Fantasia for keyboard No. 2 in C major, SwWV 255 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
63.
Toccata for Keyboard no 26, g 2 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
64.
Fantasia for organ No. 2 in A minor ("Fantasia 2.3.4. vocem," attributed to Sweelinck), SwWV 274 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 

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 Good Value, Excellent playing September 10, 2020 By Louis Michael Galie Louis Michael Galie (LEANDER, TX) See All My Reviews "Sweelinck is easy to underestimate. He actually was a fine composer and wrote interesting pieces for (largely) keyboard instruments. This set contains all of his organ and harpsichord oeuvres played with a lot of musicianship by the young Italian master Daniele Boccacio. I highly recommend it for value, completeness, and musicality." Report Abuse
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