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Thanks to Hans Davidsson’s research, Weckmann has been re-established as the most important composer between Scheidemann and Buxtehude. His friendship with Froberger was influential in transmitting Italian keyboard music to north Germany, and Weckmann was active just as the north German organs were achieving their unprecedented maturity. Foccroulle’s recording of the complete extant organ music was recorded on three valuable historic organs. Weckmann’s surviving repertoire is small: chorale variations, praeludia in stylus phantasticus, and canzonas (as a famous improviser, so many works must be lost). The playing is clear, stylish and authoritative, and can be very highly recommended.

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