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BUXTEHUDE, D.: Harpsichord Music, Vol. 2 (Mortensen)

Composer(s):Buxtehude, Dieterich
Artist(s) Mortensen, Lars Ulrik, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570580
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. In this second volume of his Harpsichord Music (Volume One is available on Naxos 8.570579) we are treated to a range of compositional styles and moods, from the domestic intimacy of the Suites in G minor and E minor, to the student drinking-song used for the More Palatino variations, and the lilting arrangement of the chorale Nun lob, mein Seel, den .



Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2008

It is good to find a label championing the music of Dietrich Buxtehude, a composer who is fast becoming little known outside of the organ loft. Probably born in Denmark, details of his early life are poorly chronicled, and our first accurate knowledge of his career comes in 1667 when he was appointed organist in Lubeck, a position that gave him considerable influence over the future development of German music. It is accepted that he was the leading keyboard expert of his day, though, as was custom with music at that time, his compositions did not stipulate the intended performing instrument.This present series  seeks to explore those works that he may have performed on the harpsichord, though many may well have been played on the organ. Certainly the style of the two Suites



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