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Buxtehude: Une Alchimie Musicale / Raphaele Kennedy, Da Pacem


Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  K 617   Catalog #: 617227   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Raphaële Kennedy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BUXTEHUDE O dulcis Jesu , BuxWV 83. Ciacona. O clemens , BuxWV 82. Praeludium. Fallax mundus , BuxWV 28. Sonata. O Gottes Stadt , BuxWV 87. Passacaglia. Klag-Lied , BuxWV 76b Raphaële Kennedy (sop); Da Pacem Read more K617 K617227 (70:16 Text and Translation)


The major interest of this program is the first recording of Fallax mundus , a cantata on the deceits of the world, but it is only part of a larger scheme in which each of the five cantatas represents a rhetorical device. The same five devices are also found in the structure of one cantata alone, O Gottes Stadt , while the four instrumental works provide digressions during the discourse—the Praeludium a solo on Yannick Varlet’s harpsichord and the Ciacona and Passacaglia transcribed from organ pieces. All this philosophical theory fills up the notes at the expense of any discussion of the music itself, but we have been forewarned by the subtitle of the disc, Musical Alchemy.


We now have more than 90 of the 120 cantatas of Dietrich Buxtehude in a discography that dates back to 1937 or so. The newest addition to the list has the sort of Pietistic text that can only be appreciated in terms of the Lutheran theology of its time, with a musical setting a little too lively to suit it. The Klag-Lied, the second part of BuxWV 76, has been recorded frequently, but never with all seven strophes (here just the first and last) and seldom with the preceding Trauer-Ode.


Raphaële Kennedy is an effective vocal interpreter. She is credited with the direction of the ensemble along with organist Pierre-Adrien Charpy, one of the half-dozen members of the group, most of whom play modern copies of period instruments (if not originals). Clearly, a lot of thought went into this program, which should repay the deeper attention that a study of Charpy’s notes will encourage. Charpy calls attention to the fine recorded sound, benefitting from silent organ blowers and enhanced by birds and the weather (none of which I noticed). This is well worth hearing.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio Sonata for 2 Violins, Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in C major, BuxWV 266 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Praeludium for keyboard in G minor, BuxWV 163 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
3.
Passacaglia for Organ in D minor, BuxWV 161 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
O Gottes Stadt, BuxWV 87 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Raphaële Kennedy (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
O dulcis Jesu, BuxWV 83 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Raphaële Kennedy (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6.
O clemens, o mitis, o coelestis pater, BuxWV 82 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Raphaële Kennedy (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7.
Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76: no 2, Klagelied by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Raphaële Kennedy (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1674; Lübeck, Germany 
8.
Ciacona for Organ in E minor, BuxWV 160 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem
9.
Fallax mundus, BWV 28 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Raphaële Kennedy (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Pacem

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