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Samuel Scheidt

Tabulatura nova II

Franz Raml, organ & harpsichord
Christina Landshammer, soprano
Dabringhaus & Grimm MDG6141497-2 2CDs 118m DDD
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Part II of Samuel Scheidt's printed collection of his keyboard music was printed in Hamburg in 1624 and together with Parts I and III form part of a very important corpus of works which broke new ground in the genre. The reasons are twofold. Firstly, they were primarily written as an alternative for pupils and musicians who could not afford instruction with the composer himself.

Secondly, the Tablatura creates an atmosphere where time and space seem to be traversed and where each composition is subjected to an artistic and playing technique that extends the course of the main theme and places it in new musical and emotional contexts.

As in the first volume (MD&G 6141155), Franz Raml does not hide his love and admiration for these pieces and his vertiginous interpretations bring out all of Scheidt's unbounded imagination and ceaseless ingenuity.

The soloist also shows great mastery on the Scherer organ at the St. Stephankirsche in Tannemunde built in 1623/4 and restored and reconstructed by Alexander Schuke between 1983 and 1994. The phenomenal sound emanated by this monstrous instrument is indeed breathtaking. The fine recording and excellent notes add allure to a package which makes one look forward to Volume 3.

Copyright © 2008 by Gerald Fenech