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Buxtehude: Kantaten

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Although Dietrich Buxtehude was a forerunner of Bach in many genres, the cantata, oddly enough, was hardly among them. The cantatas collected on these two discs are works for one or two soloists with a small instrumental ensemble -- cantatas in the seventeenth century sense. There are no chorales involved, and some of the cantatas are divided up into short sections with different tempos, each responding to an affect expressed in the text. The "Dialogus inter Christam et fidelem animam" Dialogue Between Christ and the Faithful Soul is not a serene duet like so many of Bach's dialogic conceptions but a more philosophical piece. The cantatas are still obscure compared with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Although Dietrich Buxtehude was a forerunner of Bach in many genres, the cantata, oddly enough, was hardly among them. The cantatas collected on these two discs are works for one or two soloists with a small instrumental ensemble -- cantatas in the seventeenth century sense. There are no chorales involved, and some of the cantatas are divided up into short sections with different tempos, each responding to an affect expressed in the text. The "Dialogus inter Christam et fidelem animam" Dialogue Between Christ and the Faithful Soul is not a serene duet like so many of Bach's dialogic conceptions but a more philosophical piece. The cantatas are still obscure compared with some of Buxtehude's other sacred works, so this reissue the recordings were made in the late '80s is welcome. Buxtehude's way of embodying ideas and emotions in a few instrumental strokes is on display everywhere here, from abstract structures such as the chaconne-like "Laudate pueri Dominum" Praise the Lord, you servants, CD 2, track 6 to the remarkable, highly personal "Klag-Lied" Song of Lamentation, CD 2, track 9 with a text by Buxtehude himself written about the death of his own father, featuring particularly powerful tropes on conventional depictions of weeping. It would be great to see some of today's Baroque vocal specialists tackle these works anew, for they offer plenty to challenge any singer technically and emotionally. The singing on this release is generally attractive but could in many cases be more differentiated in its response to specific texts, and the recording of the instrumentalists is unpleasantly bright, bringing a reminder of the lack of warmth that caused many listeners to dislike compact discs at first. The set will nevertheless take you into a fascinating body of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: Ricercar
  • EAN: 5400439002524
  • Catalog Number: 252

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Herr, ich lasse dich nicht, for TB voices, 2 violins, 3 violas da gamba, braccio, violone & continuo, BuxWV 36 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Max van Egmond (9:20)
  2. 2 Wo ist doch mein Freund geblieben?, for SB voices, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo, BuxWV 111 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Max van Egmond (9:55)
  3. 3 Nichts soll uns Scheiden, for SAB voices, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 77 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Max van Egmond (9:44)
  4. 4 Wenn ich, Herr Jesu, habe dich, for alto, 2 violins & continuo, BuxWV 107 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Henri Ledroit (5:04)
  5. 5 Jesu meine Freud und Lust, for alto, 2 violins, violetta, violone & continuo, BuxWV 59 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Henri Ledroit (6:56)
  6. 6 Ich halte es dafür, for SB voices, violin, violetta, violone & continuo, BuxWV 48 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Max van Egmond (13:22)
  7. 7 Ich suchte des Nachts, for TB voices, 2 violins, 2 oboes, violone & continuo, BuxWV 50 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Max van Egmond (14:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 O clemens, O mitis, for soprano, 4 strings & continuo, BuxWV 82 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Greta de Reyghère (7:52)
  2. 2 An Filius non est Dei, for ATB voices, 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo, BuxWV 6 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Max van Egmond (13:07)
  3. 3 Mein Herz ist bereit, for bass, 3 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 73 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Max van Egmond (7:54)
  4. 4 Drei schöne Dinge sind, for SB voices, violone or bassoon & continuo, BuxWV 19 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Max van Egmond (10:47)
  5. 5 Ich bin eine Blume zu Saron, for bass, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 45 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Max van Egmond (8:22)
  6. 6 Laudate pueri Dominum, for SS voices, 5 violas da gamba, violone & continuo, BuxWV 69 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Agnès Mellon (5:55)
  7. 7 Gen Himmel zu dem Vater mein, for soprano, violin, viola da gamba & continuo, BuxWV 32 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Greta de Reyghère (7:51)
  8. 8 Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied, for soprano, violin & continuo, BuxWV 98 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Greta de Reyghère (7:38)
  9. 9 Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt, cantata in 2 sections for SB voices, instruments & continuo, BuxWV 76: Klag-Lied - Dietrich Buxtehude & Greta de Reyghère (6:11)
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