JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK The Complete Psalms
Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam Harry van der Kamp
GCD 922407. 12 CDs
Gesualdo Consort AmsterdamHarry van der Kamp
Nele Gramß, Ulrike Hofbauer, Stephanie Petitlaurent, soprano Marnix De Cat, Alex Potter, Franz Vitzthum, alto Marcel Beekman, Harry van Berne, Nico van der Meel, Koen van Stade, tenor Jelle Draijer, Harry van der Kamp, Kees-Jan de Koning, bass Lee Santana, lute Bernard Winsemius, organ
Total playing time: 12 hours and 30 minutes Recorded in Renswoude, Netherlands, between November 2006 and March 2009 Engineered and produced by Stephan Schellmann and Peter Laenger (Tritonus) A production of the Stichting Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck in co-operation with the Nederlandse Programma Stichting (NPS) Executive producer: Carlos Céster Design: Valentín Iglesias Booklet essay: Harry van der KampEnglish - Français - DeutschPsalm texts in French (original) and English
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JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK (1562-1621)The Complete Psalms
CDs 1-3 First Book of Psalms(Cinquante Pseaumes de David, 1605 - Premier Livre des Pseaumes de David, 1624)
CDs 4-6Second Book of Psalms(Livre Second des Pseaumes de David, 1613)
CDs 7-9Third Book of Psalms(Livre Troisieme des Pseaumes de David, 1614)
CDs 10-12Fourth Book of Psalms(Livre Quatriesme et Conclusionnal des Pseaumes de David, 1621)
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Without doubt, Het Sweelinck Monument, the ‘Sweelinck Monument’, has been one of the most important recording projects of recent years. Recognized as such by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands herself at a ceremony celebrated in November 2010 at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, this involved the entire vocal output of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck – the most important Dutchcomposer ever – being recorded for the first time. This project, published by Glossa in the form of six book-discs in The Netherlands, culminates now for the international market with the release, in a 12-disc box set, of the 150 Psalms. Previously issued, it is worth pointing out, have been the Complete Secular Works (GCD 922401, 3 CDs) and the Cantiones Sacrae (GCD 922406, 2 CDs).
Sweelinck, who was the organist at the Oude Kerk from the age of 15 until his death, carried out his musical activity at a time in which Catholicism had been supplanted by Calvinism. This development proved decisive in the composer basing his Magnum Opus – the composition of music for all the Psalms – on the French texts of the Genevan Psalter, a metrical adaptation of the Biblical Psalms made by Clément Marot and Theodore de Bèze. Possessed of a cosmopolitan spirit, Sweelinck managed to secure for his Psalms, replete with their madrigalistic influences, a significant distribution across Europe.
The Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam performs here the Psalms prefacing them with the wonderful melodies composed for the Genevan Psalter by Guillaume Franc, Louis Bourgeois and Pierre Davantès (Maître Pierre). Truly a monument, consisting of more than 12 hours of music which no early music lover should lose the opportunity in acquiring.
Not content with a career as a bass soloist (in music extending from 1300 to the present day) or as a teacher (he holds a professorship in early music in Bremen), Harry van der Kamp has for over two decades been directing the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, an ensemble whose repertoire encompasses the entire madrigal repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries. Precious recording activities of the group have extended to music by Emilio de’Cavalieri, Scipione Lacorcia as well as by Carlo Gesualdo himself. Yet van der Kamp has been stirred by the fact that no fitting tribute – no monumental representation wrought in stone or metal – exists to commemorate the composer who he regards as “the greatest that we ever have had in Holland”: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.[read more...]