Album: Sweelinck, Psaumes Francais etc (Harmonia Mundi)

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The clean, easy blend of Capella Amsterdam fits Sweelinck’s smooth, understated polyphony.

Published between 1604 and 1621, the Psaumes de David are models of simplicity and restraint, and a startling contrast to Sweelinck’s florid works for keyboard. At a little over 15 minutes, the Te Deum is the most substantial work here, while the Magnificat and Beati Pauperes have a stern, almost Iberian aspect. Organist David Jansen and lutenist Ophira Zakaï add subtle colour to plain-speaking music.