Album: Sweelinck, Keyboard Works Vol 2 / Robert Woolley, (Chandos)

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Those who didn't splash out on Radio Netherlands' nine-disc set of Sweelinck's complete keyboard music in 2002 will be watching the development of Robert Woolley's Sweelinck series with interest.

The gem of this volume is the "Paduana Lachrymae", its sharp sighs gently yet deliberately laid bare on Adlam Burnett's copy of a 1611 Ruckers muselar virginal. On this and in the grandest Toccatas and the smiling variations of "Die flichtig Nimphae", Woolley's playing is unfailingly illuminating.

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