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Buxtehude: Organ Music, Vol 1 / Volker Ellenberger


Release Date: 05/15/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554543   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Naxos launches a survey of Buxtehude's complete organ works with a well-varied selection of chorale preludes, fugal works, and virtuoso showpieces. Volker Ellenberger's fluent technique and intelligent musicianship particularly come across in the chorale preludes and in larger-scaled works like the Magnificat primi toni (BuxWV 203), where the four fugues effortlessly emerge from their more freely conceived preceding episodes. The bassoon-like clarity of the pedal registration in the G major Prelude and Fugue BuxWV 147 helps move the music forward, as does Ellenberger's sharply etched phrasing in the fugue. The latter contrasts with Rene Saorgin's slower, more yielding (though no less valid)
Read more treatment. On the other hand, Saorgin's ebullient dash through the BuxWV 149 G minor Praeludium's introduction presents the music in a more improvisatory light compared to the shorter phrase lengths Ellenberger stresses.


The 1997 organ of the Evangelical Lutheran City Church in Bückeburg, Germany benefits from clear and close-up engineering, similar to what producer Wolfgang Rübsam enjoyed in his fine (and sadly out-of-print) Buxtehude cycle recorded for Bellaphon in the early 1980s. Should the remaining releases in this series match Volume 1's high performance and engineering standards, we'll have a Buxtehude cycle on par with Saorgin's classic Harmonia Mundi recordings from the late '60s/early '70s.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 203 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
2. Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 191 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
3. Praeludium for Keyboard in G major, BuxWV 147 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
4. Magnificat noni toni in D minor, BuxWV 205 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
5. Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 192 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
6. Praeludium for Keyboard in D major, BuxWV 139 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
7. Ach Herr, mich armer Sünder, BuxWV 178 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
8. Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BuxWV 224 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
9. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BuxWV 198 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
10. Praeludium for Keyboard, BuxWV 152 "Phrygian" by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
11. Gott der Vater, wohn' uns bei, BuxWV 190 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 
12. Praeludium for Keyboard in G minor, BuxWV 149 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Volker Ellenberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Venue:  Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany 

Sound Samples

Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 203
Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 191
Praeludium in G major, BuxWV 147: Prelude in G major, BuxWV 147
Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV 205
Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 192
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BuxWV 139: Prelude in D major, BuxWV 139
Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder, BuxWV 178
Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BuxWV 224
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BuxWV 198
Praeludium in A minor, BuxWV 152: Prelude in A minor, BuxWV 152
Gott der Vater wohn uns bei, BuxWV 190
Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 149: Prelude in G minor, BuxWV 149

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