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Sacred Cantatas Import

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Dietrich Buxtehude has always been known as an organist (the young Bach made a long and difficult trip to hear him play) and organ composer. As this disc demonstrates, Buxtehude wrote wonderful vocal music as well. These cantatas aren't like Bach's, with their strictly differentiated choruses, recitatives, and arias: there's no recitative at all, and the choruses and solo or duo sections flow into each other smoothly and naturally. The works presented here range from the jubilant Nun danket alle Gott (for five voices, trumpets, cornets, and strings) to the gentle Ich suchte des Nachts (for two singers, two oboes, and two violins). A much-enlarged Cantus Cölln performs with all their usual grace and subtlety, but also with more unbridled joy than on previous discs. --Matthew Westphal

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Most Dearly Do I Love Thee, O Lord, BuxWV 41 - Johanna Koslowsky/Kerstin Bruns/Elisabeth Popien/Wilfried Jochens/Stephan Schreckenberger
  2. Save Me, O God, BuxWV 34 - Hedwig Westhoff-Duppmann/Johanna Koslowsky/Elisabeth Popien/Gerd Turk/Stephan Schreckenberger
  3. Now Thank We All Our God, BuxWV 79 - Kerstin Bruns/Johanna Koslowsky/Elisabeth Popien/Gerd Turk/Stephan Schreckenberger
  4. Bu Night On My Bed I Sought Him, BuxWV 50 - Wilfried Jochens/Stephan Schreckenberger
  5. Surely, He Hath Borne Our Griefs, BuxWV 31 - Johanna Koslowsky/Kerstin Bruns/Elisabeth Popien/Gerd Turk/Stephan Schreckenberger
  6. Command The Angel That He Cometh, BuxWV 10 - Johanna Koslowsky/Elisabeth Popien/Wilfried Jochens/Stephan Schreckenberger

Product Details

  • Performer: Cantus Cölln
  • Conductor: Konrad Junghanel
  • Composer: Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Audio CD (February 10, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000005Z2Z
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I highly recommend this album if you are a lover of Bach choral music. You should know that Buxtehude influenced Bach greatly and Bach, who was younger by 48 years than Buxtehude, walked 200 miles to hear the older man play the organ. You could say that Buxtehude's choral works are more simple than Bach's more decorative style, but I am refreshed by the stripped down tonal aesthetic.
The performances on this disc are exceptional -- full of life and energy. Highly recommended for lovers of this period.
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I'm a big fan of Buxtehude and have a good amount of his known music. My opinion of his artistry is very high and even though his name is far from a household word in music circles, I would place him in the top ten of any personal list of composers. Those who aren't familiar with his style would most likely want to have some description. Most music lovers have heard the often repeated story about Bach trekking on foot about 450 kilometers 'to comprehend one thing and another about his art'. I suppose there are elements of Buxtehude's music that Bach absorbed but beyond the contrapuntal depth shared by both, they are quite different to the ear.

Buxtehude's style has more 'air' than Bach. While the organ pieces can become quite severe at their peak moments of climactic tension, Buxtehude's sonatas, suites and vocal pieces have a lightness and gentleness to them. The total effect is never dense and as with all great composers, there are no unnecessary fillers, either in the instrumentation, instrumental lines or vocal parts. His music has a dancing swing to it, especially in his favored triple meter. Phrases are composed of short motives that generally use contrary motion in their design. In other words, straight scales are rare and the lines work their way up or down in an indirect manner. Imitative counterpoint is very much a part of his construction, either with the accompaniment or other voices. His style is very strongly Baroque but his cantatas show a mix of different types including instrumental 'sonata' introductions and interludes, aria mixed with concerto where aria is homophonic and concerto more contrapuntal. The overall effect is often lilting with statement alternating with short cadences.
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It's been over ten years since there was a review, so this is overdue.

Maybe you've been to church (almost certainly at some point if this music appeals to you) and you'll recall how hymns make their brief and (possibly) strangled appearance between one part of service or another. The music might be seen as obligatory, rote, uninspired. Choirs have a few minutes to tackle music the congregation should also grasp - or endure.

I'm not denigrating hymning as I've sung in church choirs and love what we do but I've also been on the floor and know it can be seen as one of those things that separates a parishioner from a satisfying brunch.

Buxtehude is your cure for this. These are cantata to be performed in service, with joy and power and elegance. This is brilliant music, light and nimble -not dour at all. This is not heavy lifting but the thing that floats on its own. In particular, Cantus Colln has done us a great service with this recording. It was the one that made me begin to regard Buxtehude as the great choral composer he is. You'll find many other recordings but this one is as good as any and the first I turn to.

I'd love to sing this but since it's way better than I can do, I only aspire. And recommend.
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