Buxtehude: Vocal Music, Vol. 1

Buxtehude: Vocal Music, Vol. 1

by Emma Kirkby
     
 

This Naxos issue of Dietrich Buxtehude: Vocal Music, Vol. 1, was originally issued on Dacapo in Denmark in 1996. This intended series of Buxtehude's vocal music, featuring Emma Kirkby with John Holloway and Manfred Kraemer on violins, Jaap ter Linden on viola da gamba, and Lars Ulrik Mortensen onSee more details below

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This Naxos issue of Dietrich Buxtehude: Vocal Music, Vol. 1, was originally issued on Dacapo in Denmark in 1996. This intended series of Buxtehude's vocal music, featuring Emma Kirkby with John Holloway and Manfred Kraemer on violins, Jaap ter Linden on viola da gamba, and Lars Ulrik Mortensen on organ, ended with the first volume. Kirkby resumed the cycle on Chandos years later, essentially starting the series over with the Purcell Quartet in tow. The Chandos series ground to a halt after two volumes; by 2007, yet another Buxtehude series was underway under Ton Koopman at Challenge Classics that promised to bring everything Dietrich Buxtehude composed; cross your fingers. Although his "Membra Jesu Nostri" is rightly considered one of the great choral masterworks of the Baroque era, Buxtehude's vocal output -- numbering more than 120 works -- seems to have a problem gaining the same kind of traction in the repertoire that his organ music has long enjoyed, even though plenty of it has been recorded. The performances here are everything they should be; Emma Kirkby is radiant and angelic throughout, and the violins provide a perfect concertante foil for Kirkby's voice while Mortensen's continuo organ is tasteful and unobtrusive. The one flaw of Dacapo's recording is that you cannot really hear the viola da gamba or much of the harpsichord at times when Mortensen moves over to that instrument. Although the texts are sacred, the majority of Buxtehude's solo cantatas were first presented at Friday afternoon luncheons in a continuation of a tradition begun by his predecessor, Franz Tunder. Much of Buxtehude's vocal music doesn't stand on its own; you need a little of the organ music to break up the program and to keep it interesting -- Buxtehude did so himself in the early public concerts for which many of these pieces were intended. Recognizing this aspect of Buxtehude's own performance, Mortensen inserts some pieces from the collection "Fried- und freudenreiche Hinfarht" to provide some sense of variety. However, the sheer plain-Jane-ness of some of these cantatas, such as the obsequious "Was mich auf dieser Welt betrübt" (That which brought me into this world), is so ingratiating that it borders on inanity. It sounds like lighter-than-air Johann Sebastian Bach -- the sort of music Bach might have written if he weren't so darn serious. Although some slithery chromatics and tricky passagework briefly invade the center section of the cantata "Gen Himmel zu dem Vater mein," the overall effect of this music is not unlike what one might expect at an afternoon luncheon; easy, unchallenging music designed to keep workers happy and as an aid to digestion. For listeners with a very deep interest in Buxtehude, Naxos' Dietrich Buxtehude: Vocal Music 1 might well address a certain need. Nevertheless, on the surface, at least, this is a very shallow pond, not the deep recesses of emotional ocean familiar from Buxtehude's organ music and his "Membra Jesu Nostri."

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313225125
catalogNumber:
8557251
Rank:
304440

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  1. O fröhliche Stunden, O fröhliche Zeit, for soprano, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 84  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  2. O dulcis Jesu, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, BuxWV 83  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  3. Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt, cantata in 2 sections for SB voices, instruments & continuo, BuxWV 76: Contrapunctus I  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  4. Was mich auf dieser Welt betrübt, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, BuxWV 105  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  5. Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt, cantata in 2 sections for SB voices, instruments & continuo, BuxWV 76: Contrapunctus I (Evolutio)  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  6. Schaffe in mir, Gott, for soprano, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 95  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  7. Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt, cantata in 2 sections for SB voices, instruments & continuo, BuxWV 76: Teil II. Klag-Lied  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  8. Gen Himmel zu dem Vater mein, for soprano, violin, viola da gamba & continuo, BuxWV 32  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  9. Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt, cantata in 2 sections for SB voices, instruments & continuo, BuxWV 76: Contrapunctus II  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  10. Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied, for soprano, violin & continuo, BuxWV 98  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  11. Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt, cantata in 2 sections for SB voices, instruments & continuo, BuxWV 76: Contrapunctus II (Evolutio)  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  12. Sicut Moses exaltavit serpentem, for soprano, 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo, BuxWV 97  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen
  13. Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab', for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, BuxWV 38  - Dietrich Buxtehude  -  John Holloway  - Emma Kirkby  - Manfredo Kraemer  - Jaap ter Linden  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen

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