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Melchior Schildt (1592-1667) was a pupil of Sweelinck in Amsterdam, subsequently becoming organist in Wolfenbüttel, court organist to King Christian of Denmark, and then organist in Hamburg from 1629. J.G. Walther wrote: ‘He could play as he pleased to make people laugh or cry.’ It takes scholarship and imagination to record Schildt’s few extant works – chorale-based pieces, two praeambula, a Magnificat and a Lachrimae Pavan after Dowland – and Léon Berben has brought both these qualities to the task. The mean-tone Tangermünde organ is an excellent choice. Schildt’s contemporary Delphin Strunck is also recorded, along with contemporaneous anonymous pieces.

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