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BUXTEHUDE: Harpsichord Music, Vol. 1

Composer(s):Buxtehude, Dieterich
Artist(s) Mortensen, Lars Ulrik, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570579
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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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. While Buxtehude’s organ music is comparatively well known, his harpsichord music has not yet found the reputation it deserves. This first volume of the series covers the full range of Buxtehude’s compositional styles for the keyboard, from the brilliant and virtuosic opening Toccata in G major, to the more subtle and melodic Suites in C major and D minor in the French style, and finishing with the flamboyant and highly virtuosic Canzonetta in A minor.


Review By ,Classica,May 2008


Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2008

Today our major contact with the music of Dietrich Buxtehude comes from the organ loft, the musician, probably born in Denmark, having established himself as the father of the German organ tradition. Details of his early life are poorly chronicled, but we catch up with him during his time in Lubeck, where his appointment in 1667 as organist presented him with that status whereby he could influence the development of the nation’s music both as a composer and performer. He is credited as being the leading keyboard expert of his day, though as was custom at the time, the intended performing instrument is never shown. Musicologists would designate certain works as being more related to organ or to the harpsichord, the present series seeking to explore those works that would appear



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