Friday, November 17, 2017

Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon. (1562-1621) First Book of Psalms David.

From my collection.
Date of purchase: December 2009.
First listen:  22/23/26-12-2009.
Second listen: 3/7/8-1-2010.
Third listen: 16-11-2017.
Label: Glossa.
3 CD's .
Recording dates: November 2006 & Maart 2009.
Venue: Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Renswoude, The Netherlands.
Sound engineer: Stephan Schellmann.
Time: 70:44-68:22-67:59.

Works on CD1/2.3.

Psalms, Lute music and organ variations.

Performed by: 
Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Harry van der Kamp.
Lee Santana, Luit.
Bernard Winsemius, Organ. (No info about the organ)

It is really easy to listen all three CD'S in a row. The level of performance is so high that every minute is one minute to short. This monumental series recorded by the Gesualdo Consort is truly unique and was absolutely necessary to produce. It is a wonder that this project was brought to a successful end. And we listeners reap the fruits of all their efforts. The choir balance is one of world class, perfectly balanced, totally non vibrato, as the times and Sweelinck demanded, each voice blending into each other, no disparity between them resulting into the ultimate interpretation possible. Professionally polished,  with an elegant refinement and communicative delivery in all respects. There is a transparency very measured and sweetly moulded. This cannot get any better.
Diction is impeccable, dynamics well chosen, this will last a lifetime and longer. Sweelinck was an absolute master in all the genres he choose to be. The organ variations are played well and lucidly articulated. Lee Santana keeps for a moment his ego on hold, and lets the music speak.
The sound is top notch.

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