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As Sweelinck’s two organs in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, no longer exist, the now-famous Van Hagerbeer organ in Leiden is a fine choice. Restored to A417 Hz and meantone temperament, most ranks date from 1518 and 1643. Joseph Keleman has chosen mostly fantasias, toccatas and chorale-based works. Only the variations on Es ce Mars and the Paduana Lachrymae represent Sweelinck’s more populist genres. Original registration instructions no longer exist and this large 3-manual organ is potentially full of colours. Keleman enjoys the reeds, which are used in imaginative ways, and his early keyboard technique brings the music alive.

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