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BUXTEHUDE: Sacred Cantatas

Composer(s):Buxtehude, Dieterich
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557041
Label Naxos
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A prolific composer of both sacred and secular music, Buxtehude wrote over 120 sacred cantatas for St Mary’s, Lübeck, where he had the prestigious and highly-paid position of Werkmeister. The works here recorded illustrate Buxtehude’s masterful command of the huge variety of styles that characterized the sacred cantata in Germany during the seventeenth century. All begin with an instrumental passage, and sung text is interspersed with instrumental responses, sometimes in strophic form. In the larger cantatas for all three voices, the music allows for the maximum of contrast, whereas the four solo cantatas give a more intimate expression of Buxtehude’s craft. Into the latter category falls the extremely virtuosic Jubilate Domino, one of



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Buxtehude’s sacred cantatas are in no way laden with heavy religious symbolism but are remarkably fresh. The opening Was frag’ich nach der Welt (‘What is the world to me’) has a pastoral character, and the following Jesu meine Freude is full of joy. Wenn ich, Herr Jesu, habe dich, which follows the measured string Passacaglia, is more somberly expressive in feeling, but Jubilate Domino (a solo cantata, nimbly sung here by the counter-tenor, Matthew White) demands considerable virtuosity. The concerted Wie schmeckt es so lieblich und wohl (‘How lovely and good the saviour’) is full of light-hearted praise. The performances here are pleasingly intimate, well sung (Katherine Hill, the soprano soloist in


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,December 2004



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