Pieter Dirksen

Harpsichordist - Musicologist - Organist

   
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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: The Complete Keyboard Works
On this "international" version of Het Sweelinck Monument IV A-B I am represented by twelve pieces (Toccatas C3, g4 and a2, Fantasias G1, G2, G3 and a3, Allein zu dir, O Mensch (canon), Almande Gratie, Mein junges Leben and John Bull's De lustelijcke Mey), performed on the 1511 Van Covelens organ of 1511 at Alkmaar, the 1619 Evers organ at Osteel, the 1604 (Johannes & Andreas?) Ruckers virginal and the 1637 Andreas Ruckers harpsichord, as well as extensive program notes in English, French and German.
Glossa GCD 922410 (2015)

Franz Tunder: Alle orgelwerken met twee wereldpremières - Pieter Dirksen & Vincent van Laar
I contributed seven pieces (Praeludia F, g3, g4, Was kann uns kommen an für Noth, In dich hab ich gehoffet Herr, Jesus Christus unser Heyland and Auf meinen lieben Gott), performed on the Schnitger organ at Groningen Martini. The "world premieres" consist of the chorale fantasia Was kann uns kommen an für Noth, a fragment of 180 bars completed by Vincent van Laar, and the Praeludium g4, a fragment of 6 bars which I completed into a decent three-part North-German format.
Stichting Groningen Orgelland (2015)
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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: De orgel- en klavecimbelwerken (Het Sweelinck Monument IV A-B)
I contributed twelve pieces (Toccatas C3, g4 and a2, Fantasias G1, G2, G3 and a3, Allein zu dir, O Mensch (canon), Almande Gratie, Mein junges Leben and John Bull's De lustelijcke Mey), performed on the 1511 Van Covelens organ of 1511 at Alkmaar, the 1619 Evers organ at Osteel, the 1604 (Johannes & Andreas?) Ruckers virginal and the 1637 Andreas Ruckers harpsichord, as well four articles (all in Dutch only).
Glossa Ediciones Speciales (2013-2014)

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti with Bassoon II
Frans Robert Berkhout (bassoon) / La Suave Melodia
Etcetera KTC 1428 (August 2011)
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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D Major Fk 41 (live recording, 17'20")
with Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend, 19 June 2010
included on the double CD: Bachfest Leipzig - Ausgewählte Höhepunkte 2010
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Johann Sebastian Bach: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS & Canonic Variations
Etcetera KTC 1400 (2CD, February 2010)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas with Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord (first complete recording)
with Cassandra Luckhardt (viola da gamba) and Alfredo Bernardini (oboe)
Etcetera KTC 1365 (April 2009)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti and Cantata with Bassoon [I]
Frans Robert Berkhout (bassoon) / La Suave Melodia
Etcetera KTC 1324 (April 2008)
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Heinrich Scheidemann: Harpsichord Music (world premiere recording)
Etcetera KTC 1311 (December 2007)
[Luister; Uitvoering: 10]
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Johannes Schenck: Il Giardino Armonico Opus III (world premiere recording)
La Suave Melodia
Etcetera KTC 1356 (May 2007)
The first recording of a set of twelve trio sonatas published in 1692 by the Dutch gamba virtuoso and composer Johannes Schenck (1660-c.1720). I rediscovered this long-time lost publication a few years ago in the collection of the Berlin Singakademie which had then just been returned from Kiev. These beautiful and wonderfully varied sonatas, which are clearly influenced by Arcangelo Corelli's Opus I trio sonatas, form the high point of Schenck's oeuvre and a true monument of Dutch music.
... These are colourful, energetic and technically immaculate performances of works which are very important additions to the repertoire. (MusicWeb International)
... una magnífica grabación. (Diverdi)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge – First Version (ca.) 1742 in the reconstruction by Pieter Dirksen (world premiere recording)
played on the harpsichord
Etcetera KTC 1348 (2003/re-release March 2007)
... one of the very finest harpsichord recordings yet to have been issued, on any format at any time. (Early Music Review)
[Luister; Uitvoering: 9]
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Louis Couperin: Pièces d'Orgue, 1650-1659
Played on the 1650 Andries Severijn organ in Cuijk (Netherlands)
Toccata TRR 99012 (2005)
[Luister; Uitvoering: 9 à 10]
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannespassion:
Earliest version 1724 in the reconstruction by Pieter Dirksen (world premiere recording)

Netherlands Bach Society
Channel Classics CCS SA 22005 (2005)
For this production I made the reconstruction, wrote the accompanying essay (English/Dutch/German/French) and played the organ.
An extended version of this essay (in English) can be found under Online Essays

Organ music by Sweelinck, Bull, Scheidemann, Kerll, Reincken and anonymi
Played in Alkmaar (organ by Jan van Covelens, 1511), Wijk bij Duurstede (organ by Albert Kiespenning 1617 / Matthijs Verhofstadt 1717) and Ravenswaay (organ by Cornelis Hoornbeeck, c.1715) Included in Orgels in Nederland - Dutch Organs (20 CD-box), Uitgeverij De Banier (2004)
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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Nine harpsichord works (Fantasias d2, C4, G3, Toccatas G1a, g2, g3, Engelse Fortuyn, Onder een linde groen, Vluchtige nimf)
Included in Sweelinck: The Complete Organ and Harpsichord music (with an essay on Sweelinck's keyboard music and his harpsichords by Pieter Dirksen)
NM Classics 92119 (2002)
Awarded the Dutch EDISON 2002.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto Transcriptions [for harpsichord] vol. I (BWV 972-976, 978, 980, 981)
Brilliant Classics 99372/3 (2000)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto Transcriptions [for harpsichord] vol. II (BWV 592a, 977, 979, 982-987)
Brilliant Classics 99372/4 (2000)

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Fantasia cromatica / Samuel Scheidt: Toccata super: In te Domine, speravi / Anthoni van Noordt: Fantasia IV in e
Live recording from a harpsichord recital given at the Heinrich-Schütz-Fest in Freiburg im Breisgau, September 1999, included in the Schütz-Jahrbuch 22 (2000)

Georg Böhm: Choralbearbeitungen / Organ Chorales
Played on the 1650 Andries Severijn organ in Cuijk (Netherlands)
Columns Classics 555019 (1996)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Leipzig Organ Music for Christmastide
Pieter Dirksen, Hinsz organ Leens (1733)
IN PREPARATION

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccatas BWV 910-916 (with extended essay)
Pieter Dirksen, harpsichord
IN PREPARATION

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale Partitas & Fantasias
Pieter Dirksen, organ & harpsichord
IN PREPARATION

Franz Tunder: Complete Organ Music
Pieter Dirksen & Vincent van Laar, Schnitger organ Martinikerk Groningen
IN PREPARATION

Johann Jakob Froberger: Toccatas, Fantasias, Canzonas and Suites from the Libro Secondo (1649)
Pieter Dirksen, harpsichord
IN PREPARATION