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Together with Pachelbel, Kuhnau and Fischer, Johann Krieger (1652-1735) deserves to be regarded as one of the best keyboard composers from the generation before J.S. Bach. Krieger published two collections: Anmuthige Clavier- Übung (1699), with nine preludes, five ricercares, seven fugues, a fantasy, two toccatas and a chaconne, and Sechs musicalische Partien (1697), containing six harpsichord partitas on the Froberger model. As a contrapuntist, Krieger had a significant influence upon both Handel and Bach, and this ‘complete’ recording is a worthwhile project, played well on two fine instruments. There is scope for more fluency and varied tempi in places, but the sound is fine.

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