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Psalms From Geneva - Sweelinck: Organ Music / Masaaki Suzuki


Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1614   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To the general public, Masaaki Suzuki is known as the inspired leader of Bach Collegium Japan, currently undertaking a complete cycle of Bach's cantatas for BIS. He has also received much praise for his on-going recordings of the harpsichord music by the same composer. But his début was actually as an organist – he started playing regularly at Sunday services at the age of 12! When going to the Netherlands to study, Suzuki pursued parallel courses, graduating with a soloist's diploma in both organ and harpsichord. The years spent in The Netherlands also explains 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 Read more 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. They fill a similar role on this disc, sandwiched as they are between the more extrovert Toccatas and Fantasias, but also testify to the central place these psalms had in Sweelinck's work. As an epitaph put it, it was he 'who put to music David's royal word, And made it to resound in Zion, in Holland it was heard.' The organ 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata in A minor by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
2.
Psalm 140 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
3.
Toccata in G minor by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
4.
Psalm 23 "Mein Hüter und mein Hirt", SwWV 310 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
5.
Toccata in C major by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
6.
Psalm 116 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
7.
Fantasia chromatica by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
8.
Psalm 36 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
9.
Echo Fantasia in C major by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
10.
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Venue:  Shinko Reformed Church, Kobe, Japan 
11.
Ons is gheboren een kindekijn "Puer nobis nascitur" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Venue:  Shinko Reformed Church, Kobe, Japan 

Sound Samples

Toccata in A minor
Psalm 140, "O Dieu, donne-moy delivrance" (arr. for organ): Psalm 140: O Dieu, donne-moy delivrance (arr. for organ)
Psalm 140, "Ik heb den Heer lief": Psalm 140: Ik heb den Heer lief
Toccata in G minor
Psalm 23 (arr. for organ)
Psalm 23: Mein Huter und mein Hirt
Toccata in C major: Toccata in C
Psalm 116, "J'aime mon Dieu" (arr. for organ): Psalm 116: J'aime mon Dieu (arr. for organ)
Psalm 116, "Ik heb den Heer lief": Psalm 116: Ik heb den Heer lief
Fantasia chromatica in D minor
Psalm 36, "Du malin le mechant vouloir" (arr. for organ): Psalm 36: Du malin le mechant vouloir (arr. for organ)
Psalm 36, "Des boosdoenders wille seer quaet": Psalm 36: Des boosdoenders wille seer quaet
Echo fantasia in Ionian mode, SwWV 253: Echo Fantasia in C
Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr, SwWV 299: Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr
Puer nobis nascitur

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