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BUXTEHUDE: Chamber Music (Complete), Vol. 3 - 6 Sonatas

Composer(s):Buxtehude, Dieterich
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557250
Label Naxos
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Having been born half a century after Heinrich Schütz, the ‘father of German musicians’, and a little less than half a century before J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude was a living link between the founder of Protestant Baroque music and its greatest master. This set of Six Sonatas without opus numbers incorporates all the principal elements in the sonata art of the Lübeck master; the serious yet daringly expressive harmony of his majestic slow movements, masterful fugal technique, melodious and graceful dance movements, and technical virtuosity in the many solo movements. Sonatas, Opp. 1 and 2 are available on Naxos 8.557248 and 8.557249.

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Review By NuVoid,December 2009

I’ve long been familiar with Dieterich Buxtehude’s (c.1637–1707) sacred vocal music but until recently, I didn’t even realize he wrote any instrumental music at all. In fact, he wrote very little—but one of my favorite baroque violinists, John Holloway, undertook a survey of the extant chamber music for the Danish DaCapo label in the early nineties which have now been repackaged by the intrepid Naxos in fine budget editions. Wow, the music is absolutely sublime! The finest Baroque music intimates that human perfection may just be possible; it utterly lacks the self-doubt that plagues the post-Romantic age in which we now live. I look forward to picking up the first two volumes!

Review By William Yeoman,Limelight Magazine,May 2008

Buxtehude’s perfect balance between disciplined fugal textures and improvisatory passages of great invention is matched by an equally varied and stylish approach from all concerned. These are performances shot through with a delight in overall sonority (especially evident in the succulent harmonies in slow movements such as the final Lento of the C major sonata BuxWV266 which ends the disc), the joy of the dance and Buxtehude’s many exuberant examples of the stylus phantasticus.

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,May 2008

Buxtehude’s music forms a bridge between late renaissance composers such as Heinrich Schuetz (often called ‘the father of German music’) and the predominant figure of J.S. Bach. His works can often sound academically dry, especially some of his sacred compositions. Yet this excellent recording of ‘enriched’ trio-sonatas abounds in majestic slow movements, masterful fugal technique, and melodious, graceful dance movements that require virtuoso technique.


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