Heinrich Scheidemann flourished as a key figure in the development of keyboard music amidst the Hanseatic prosperity of 17th-century Hamburg and the luxurious tonal qualities of Northern European organ playing. This programme includes early works reflecting the influence of Scheidemann’s teacher Sweelinck as well as fashionable dances, and is crowned with majestic transcriptions and variations on secular and Lutheran vocal music. Julia Brown’s many Naxos recordings include Vols 3–5 and the forthcoming final Vol 7 of Scheidemann’s organ works. MusicWeb International described Vol 5 (8.557054) as “...wonderful music ...compellingly played.”
"... As well as key works like the Benedicam Dominum and the Magnificat VIII Toni, this CD also includes several pieces probably intended for harpsichord... She [Brown] displays a fine sense of period style, not least in respecting the documentary evidence of Scheidermann’s own ’sweet’ playing style as his pieces slowly unforld. His music is often reflective and pensiveand requires a delicate touch, sensitive articulation and subtly flexibility in the musical line, all of which she provides."
Andrew Benson-Wilson - Early Music Review - August 2013