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This selection focuses on pieces most likely written down for organ, rather than harpsichord, played and numbered (I think) from the Leonhardt edition, but a concordance with other editions and some SWWV numbers would have been helpful. The toccatas, fantasias, Psalm 116 and the variations on ‘Allein Gott’,are played cleanly and ‘in time’, but ornamentation is not added (suggested by Sweelinck’s links with the English virginalists, especially Bull and Philips) and this organ is really designed for later music, so the 17th-century character of Sweelinck’s mean- tone soundworld is hardly evident. Efficiently played, but there is scope for more stylistic imagination.

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