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Buxtehude - Complete Chamber Music Volume 3
Having been born half a century after Heinrich Schutz, the ‘father of German musicians’ and a little less than half a century before J. S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude was a living link between the founder of Protestant Baroque music and its greatest master. This set of six sonatas without opus numbers incorporates all the principal elements in the sonata art of the Lubeck master; the serious yet daringly expressive harmony of his majestic slow movements, masterful fugal technique, melodious and graceful dance movements, and technical virtuosity in the many solo movements.
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Buxtehude - Chamber Music 1
Opera Omnia XII
Catherine Manson, David Rabinovitch (violins), Jonathan Manson (viola da gamba), Muke Fentross (lute), Christine Sticher (violone)
Members of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman (director)
Opera Omnia Xll is the latest release in the acclaimed cycle of the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude featuring the award winning combination of renowned early music specialist Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. It is the first volume to be devoted to the composer’s lesser-known but highly-rewarding chamber music and concentrates on sonatas from manuscript sources.
Ton Koopman is one of the world’s foremost early music specialists and directors, and his recording of the complete Bach Cantatas on Challenge Classics received worldwide acclaim. In recent years he has undertaken the daunting task of recording all of the music of his compatriot, the early baroque composer Dieterich Buxtehude. As president of the International Dieterich Buxtehude Society, Ton Koopman is considered to be one of the world’s leading authorities on his music. Amongst a string of accolades for previous recordings in the series Opera Omnia X, (CC72249), was a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” Dieterich Buxtehude’s chamber works today count among the least known of his compositions. They were already forgotten soon after 1700, despite the fact that two thirds of Buxtehude’s chamber sonatas, unlike any other category in the composer’s creative output, were published during his lifetime. The publication of sonatas indicates that there was a market for this repertoire in the later 17th century. Moreover, the publication of two sets of such works suggests that the fame of the Lübeck master and the success of the first set must have created the demand for a second. However, the primary reason for these works getting out of fashion by the time of Buxtehude’s death was their unconventional instrumental scoring and, more importantly, the triumphant rise of the modern Italian trio sonata by Corelli, Albinoni, and others in the early 18th century.
“A spirit of playfulness invades much of Koopmans' guiding spirit, but this is true chamber music - deserving to be as well-known and cherished as the quartets of Beethoven - and the lute's is one voice among supremely creative conversational equals.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****
“The performances are fittingly accomplished - naturally virtuoso, warmly recorded and paced with acute awareness of the music's rhetorical ebb and flow. Violinist Catherine Manson has an easy but firm grasp of line, with a knowledge of how to keep it active and taut.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2011
“Throughout the entire disc, the impression is of distinguished soloists relishing the demands of their respective instrumental parts rather than conforming to a pre-ordained framework...This is wonderfully life-affirming music-making. There is an inexhaustible supply of spontaneity and wit here, both in the music and the performances.” International Record Review, March 2011
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Music of the 17th Century North German School
This enterprising new CD presents music by several 17th century composers, including one of the key figures of this period, Dieterich Buxtehude. It is performed by the renowned specialist early music group Caecilia-Concert.
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Buxtehude: Complete Chamber Works, Vol. III
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