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Buxtehude: Complete Organ Works / Foccroulle

Release Date: 01/08/2008 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 250   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“What better way to mark the 300th anniversary of Buxtehude's death in 1707 than with this wonderful box-set? Its 77 tracks reaffirm what a central figure Buxtehude was to subsequent generations of Northern European organists working in the German Lutheran tradition. These recordings (made between 2003 and 2006) are played on two historic Schnitger instruments in the Ludgerikirche, Norden, and the Martinkerk, Groningen, two recent organs in Hoogstraten (near Antwerp) and the German Church, Stockholm, and the reconstructed Lorentz-Frietzsch organ in Helsingor's St Maria Church, parts of which Buxtehude himself played.

The 19 organ praeludia form the core of Buxtehude's organ oeuvre and are considered his most important
Read more contributions to the 17thcentury literature. Their quasi-improvisatory flair and brilliance always sounds spontaneous, at times quite extrovert. Foccroulle wisely contrasts them with the much plainer devotional chorale settings. He teases endlessly fresh solo timbres from these striking instruments. The variety of tuning temperaments keeps the ear alert and the playing is constantly inspiring.

The careful juxtaposition of pieces means that each disc makes a highly satisfying programme in its own right. By way of an epilogue the set concludes with the poignant Klag-Lied for organ and vocal duet. Other complete Buxtehude organ sets have clearly been superseded by this release.”

- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

Canzonetta for Organ in E minor, BuxWV 169 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Sound Samples

Prelude and Fugue in D major, BuxWV 139
Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BuxWV 185
Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BuxWV 150: Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 150
Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 201
Prelude in G minor, BuxWV 148
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BuxWV 198
Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV 215
Prelude in E minor, BuxWV 143
Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder, BuxWV 178
Prelude and Fugue in F major, BuxWV 145
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 200
Ich dank dir, lieber Herre, BuxWV 194
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BuxWV 140
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BuxWV 219
Prelude in G minor, BuxWV 149
Toccata in F major, BuxWV 156
Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott (Vater unser in Himmelreich), BuxWV 207
Canzonetta in G major, BuxWV 171
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BuxWV 210: Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein, BuxWV 210
Prelude in G major, BuxWV 147
Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV 208
Canzonetta in G major, BuxWV 172
Ciaccona in E minor, BuxWV 160
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV 220
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV 221
Mensch, willst du leben seliglich, BuxWV 206
Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor, BuxWV 146

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