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BUXTEHUDE: Vocal Music, Vol. 1

Composer(s):Buxtehude, Dieterich
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category InstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.557251
Label Naxos
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Dietrich Buxtehude was one of the chief figures in North German music of his time. Although Buxtehude never held a position that required him to compose vocal music, he left over 120 vocal works featuring an extremely wide range of texts, scorings, genres and compositional styles. This first volume of the Naxos re-issue edition of the complete vocal music recorded by Dacapo includes such masterpieces as the funeral music Fried– und freudenreiche Hinfahrt, music of the most profound grief expressed using the simplest of means, and the sacred concerto Singet dem Herrn, Buxtehude’s only vocal work scored with solo violin, in which the composer seems to be pointing to violin playing as one of the wonders of God.

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Buxtehude wrote his Fried und freudenreich Hinfahrt at the time of his father’s death in 1674. The three Contrapuncti (used here effectively as interludes) were probably intended to manifest the learning of the deceased, but the Klag-Lied is a poignant strophic song of mourning, sung here with infinite tenderness. Yet the programme opens with the delightfully jubilant aria, O fröliche Stunden (‘Oh Happy Hours’), which is then followed by the beautiful sacred concerto (or cantata), O dulcis Jesu, in which Emma Kirkby alternates expressive richness with a more florid, arioso style. Was mich auf dieser Welt betrübt is another simple aria of great charm. But the most ambitious work here is Singet dem Herrn


Review By ,Scherzo,September 2007


Review By William Yeoman,Limelight Magazine,May 2007

This Naxos reissue of an original Dacapo release is special for two reasons: firstly, the shift from full- to budget price; secondly, the extremely high quality of both the music and the performances. The modest scoring (solo soprano, two violins and continuo) results in an agility and transparency that allows the often powerful texts to speak out clearly. Especially when sung by Emma Kirkby. Her combination of vocal purity and precise diction imbues both joy (O Früliche Stunden – “O happy hours”) and sadness (Klag-Lied – “Lament”) with a high yet delivate seriousness, while her famous ability in the roulade department is best savoured in the concluding Alleluias of some of the songs. John Holloway and Manfred Kraemer


Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2007

Legend would have it, though without a grain of truth - that Johann Sebastian Bach walked 200 miles just to hear the organ played by Dietrich Buxtehude. That the story was believed reveals the high esteem Buxtehude enjoyed as the father of the great German organ tradition. Born around 1637, and probably from Denmark, his mature life was spent in northern Germany, where as organist in Lubeck he enjoyed a major influence over the country's music. He was a highly productive composer, mainly of sacred scores written during the formative years of the Protestant church cantata, the present disc forming the first in a survey of his vocal music that numbered over 120 pieces. Whereas I find his organ works dry and academic, his vocal music is more lively



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