Buxtehude: Sonates en trio - Manuscrits d'Uppsala
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Dietrich Buxtehude was a key figure of the German Baroque. It was he who firmly established the prestige of the trio sonata by introducing into it the stylus phantasticus. La Reveuse revels in Buxtehude's highly contrasted and dramatic instrumental language in which imagination and virtuosity reign supreme.
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The works themselves are mostly attractive, including the melodically very enticing Sonata and Suite by Dietrich Becker (tracks 4-12). It's very much in the then-fashionable 'stylus phantasticus', and is played with imagination and virtuosity and with never a dull moment. In fact, playing is largely excellent throughout the programme, if somewhat wayward at times as in the tempo of Buxtehude's short Passacaglia (3).
The anonymous Sonata (13-14) I found pretty dull, but the last two sonatas by Buxtehude are both very lovely works – the Sonata in D major (20-24) for two viole da gamba in fine, low textures, and the Sonata and Suite (26-30) spirited, bouncy and full of joie de vivre in its thematically-related dance movements. It's a variable programme, then, but on the whole it succeeds thanks to the pointed, virtuosic and incisive playing of La Rêveuse. Recorded sound is clear and forward, with instrumental textures very nicely delineated. Booklet notes, by co-director and gambist Florence Bolton, are first-class.