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Buxtehude: Complete Works Vol 18, Vocal Works Vol 8 / Koopman


Release Date: 02/11/2014 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72257  
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus MertensBettina Pahn
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque OrchestraAmsterdam Baroque Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
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BUXTEHUDE O Clemens, o mitis, BuxWV 82. Lauda anima mea Dominum, BuxWV 67. Sicut Moses, BuxWV 97. Surrexit Christus hodie, BuxWV 99. Salve desiderium, BuxWV 93. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BuxWV 100. Gen Himmel zu dem Vater mein, BuxWV 32. Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Wie soll ich dich empfangen, BuxWV 109. Meine Seele, willtu ruhn, BuXWV 74. O Gottes Stadt, BuxWV 87. Mein Herz ist bereit, BuxWV 73. Singet dem Herrn, BuxWV 98. Herr, ich lasse dich nicht, BuxWV 36. Gott hilf mir, BuxWV 34. Opachi boschetti: fragment, BuxWV 121 Ton Koopman (hpd, org); Amsterdam Baroque O and Ch (period instruments) CHALLENGE 72257 (2 CDs: 73:27)


We are now into Volume 18 of the Opera Omnia of Danish-German composer Didrik (aka Dieterich) Buxtehude, performed under the auspices of the Buxtehude Society and early music icon keyboardist Ton Koopman. We appear to have come to the end of the series, and like most conclusions, this volume consists of a clean-up of the various bits and pieces of vocal music that have no real associations with more traditional genres and are indeed the musical leftovers of a long career. The result is somewhat of a mixed bag, but there are some gems that seem to have surfaced recently as the musical-archeological work continues. One of these, a fragment of one of his occasional pieces written for a marriage of a prominent Lübeck patron, is included.


What is found here consists of his nod to an old-fashioned genre, the sacred concerto, which by Buxtehude’s lifetime had long been supplanted by the more modern chorale motet or cantata. These may well date from early in his early career, since there is more than a passing resemblance to the works of Heinrich Schütz therein. But there is some stylistic development. The plaintive O Clemens, o mitis seems more like an Italian cantata, with its flowing instrumental ritornellos and solo soprano, performed in smooth manner by soprano Bettina Pahn. This contrasts with the exhortation Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme , a trio composed of alto Maarten Engeltjes, tenor Tilman Lichdi, and bass Klaus Mertens, which is downright forceful. The voices have a wonderfully crafted interplay, with the various melismas about each other, all with a nod towards the Lutheran hymn in the background. The frame for this is provided by a pair of violins in a manner that owes much to Heinrich Schütz. The wedding piece, which is missing its opening aria (apparently in Italian), consists of two fragments, a canon in Latin “Benedicat tibi Dominus” that has little real resolution, but instead just sort of peters out. This is followed by a very Italian gigue, which seems to imply that the work concluded with a rather sprightly dance, though this one seems to have an ostinato bass, making more akin to a passacaglia or chaconne.


As always, Ton Koopman has fielded a reliable and energetic ensemble. The tempos are all modulated to keep things moving, but with restraint. The strings are in tune and the sound is intimate yet full. All of the voices perform in a smooth and expert manner, bringing these small extraneous gems from Buxtehude’s oeuvre to life in a beautifully detained fashion. I do not doubt that there will be other attempts to record the complete works of Buxtehude in the future, but those will have to measure up to the precision and interpretive mastery of Koopman’s series. It will be a hard road to follow, for in my opinion, these are the definitive versions. Highly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1. Wie soll ich dich empfangen, BuxWV 109 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2. Wachet auf, BuxWV 101 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bettina Pahn (Soprano), Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BuxWV 98 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bettina Pahn (Soprano), Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4. Sicut Moses exaltavit serpentem, BuxWV 97 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
5. O Gottes Stadt, BuxWV 87 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6. O clemens, o mitis, o coelestis pater, BuxWV 82 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7. Mein Herz ist bereit, BuxWV 73 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
8. Lauda anima mea Dominum in D minor, BuxWV 67 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
9. Herr, ich lasse dich nicht, BuxWV 36 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
10. Gott hilf mir, BuxWV 34 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
11. Gen Himmel zu dem Vater mein, BuxWV 32 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Lübeck, Germany 
12. Surrexit Christus hodie, BuxWV 99 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
13. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BuxWV 100 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
14. Salve desiderium, salve clamor gentium, BuxWV 93 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
15. Meine Seele, willtu ruhn, BuxWV 74 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
16. Opachi boschetti, BuxWV 121 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Bettina Pahn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir

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