Notes and Editorial Reviews
Aberdeen’s fine new organ gets a bracing Buxtehude workout
This CD could be subtitled “Buxtehude’s Greatest Hits” as it consists of some of the composer’s most characteristic and best-known organ works. The programme contains three types of pieces: short intimate chorale preludes, longer multi-sectioned chorale fantasias with vivid word-painting, and dramatic preludes, fugues and chaconnes.
David Hamilton’s impeccable performances serve the composer well, and it’s noticeable that allegro passages aren’t played too fast, thus allowing the music to speak clearly and strongly. On the other hand, the fugues in G minor (tr 1) and F sharp minor (tr 9) are a little on the slow side, and another small reservation
I have is the frequent stop changes in the C minor Ciacona (tr 5). One can understand Hamilton’s eagerness to show off the many colours of the wonderful Aubertin organ but there’s already plenty of variety in Buxtehude’s colourful and inventive keyboard writing. On the plus side, Hamilton’s well paced performance of the C major prelude (tr 13) is first-rate, while the C major Gigue fugue (tr 11) dances beautifully.
Hamilton’s measured and unfussy approach to Buxtehude is heard at its best in all the chorale-based compositions and he finds some lovely sounds from the 2004 three-manual organ. This outstanding instrument is one of the most important new organs to have appeared in Britain recently and the opportunity to hear it on CD is a cause for rejoicing. Hamilton provides exemplary programme notes and this CD is certainly a worthy addition to the Buxtehude discography.
-- Christopher Nickol, Gramophone [9/2007]
Works on This Recording
Prelude in G minor, BuxWV 149
Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BuxWV 219
Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV 212
Ciaccona in C minor, BuxWV 159
In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 197
Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 203
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BuxWV 196
Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor, BuxWV 146: Prelude in F sharp minor, BuxWV 146
Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder, BuxWV 178
Fugue in C major, BuxWV 174
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211
Prelude, Fugue and Ciaconna in C major, BuxWV 137: Prelude in C major, BuxWV 137
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