Buxtehude: Opera Omnia VIII

Buxtehude: Opera Omnia VIII

by Ton Koopman


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Buxtehude: Opera Omnia VIII

Ton Koopman's ongoing series of Buxtehude's complete works, with the organ music played by the master himself, continues to be a pleasure for the general listener as well as an entry in specialist discussions in issues of Buxtehude performance. Koopman's program is performed on an organ in the Jacobi Church in Hamburg, probably the nearest thing to an authentic instrument, for the organs used by Buxtehude himself at points farther north have been lost. It's an agile, colorful instrument, bright rather than massive, with sharp contrasts among its quite various registers. Annotator Christoph Wolff, who has a rare talent among musicologists for making unfamiliar material come alive for the general listeners, stresses the improvisatory roots of Buxtehude's keyboard style. The music sounds somewhat like Bach and can be made to sound a lot like Bach by performers who are reasoning from what came next. Koopman avoids this. You can compare his lively, somewhat fantastic reading of the the "Praeludium in C major, BuxWV 137," a big piece that has been played by organists since E. Power Biggs, with other versions to get an idea of the flavor of his playing. Then go on to the rest of the album, which is consistently engaging in its lightness and colorful contrasts, with startling effects in the preludes and quietly lyrical chorale pieces and contrapuntal works. The organ is recorded with absolute clarity. Recommended for those following Koopman's series, and indeed for those looking for a place to start with it.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2008
Label: Challenge
UPC: 0608917224726
catalogNumber: 72247
Rank: 238120


  1. Praeludium for organ in G minor, BuxWV 149
  2. Chorale prelude for keyboard in E minor, BuxWV 179, "Auf meinen lieben Gott"
  3. Canzonetta for organ in A minor, BuxWV 225
  4. Praeludium for organ in D minor, BuxWV 140
  5. Chorale prelude for organ in G minor, BuxWV 185, "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort"
  6. Ciacona for organ in C minor, BuxWV 159
  7. Praeludium for organ in G minor, BuxWV 148
  8. Chorale prelude for organ in G major, BuxWV 187, "Es spricht der unweisen Mund wohl"
  9. Fugue for keyboard in B flat major, BuxWV 176
  10. Praeludium for organ in F major, BuxWV 145
  11. Chorale prelude for organ in the Dorian mode, BuxWV 183, "Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt"
  12. Work(s): Nun lob mein Seel' den Herren, BuxWV 214/215/213
  13. Praeludium for organ in C major, BuxWV 137
  14. Chorale prelude for organ in A minor, BuxWV 193, "Herr Jesu Christ, ich weiss gar wohl"
  15. Chorale prelude for organ in F major, BuxWV 200, "Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott"

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