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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy music from Middelburg, 23 Mar 2012
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Morten Fuglestad (Norway) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bustijn: Suittes pour le Clavessin (Audio CD)
Alessandro Simonetto plays a wonderful Johannes Ruckers copy made by William Horn. The music is fascinatingly unproblematic and joyful, yet it's a not as straightforward when it comes to playing it. JS Bach was certainly quite interested in Bustijn, and made use of some thematic material in two of his inventions (BWV 784 and 787) and also in the 3rd French Suite (BWV 814).

Some very beautiful sarabandes and allemandes seem to have the air of Handel's elegance to them. The nine suites of Bustijn were published in 1712 by the then ageing organist Pieter Bustijn (1649-1729). This is music that deserves a much wider dissemination, not only because of the obvious influence on JS Bach, but also as some of the most beautiful Flemish music for harpsichord. I'd like to single out the sarabanda of the 9th suite as a particular favourite of the slow movements. - Ravishing music in deed.

Alessandro Simonetto was a new musical experience for me as I purchased this CD. I urge others that are unfamilliar with his playing or with Bustijn to drop this in to their shopingbaskets.
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