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Buxehude: Organ Music Vol 7 / Julia Brown


Release Date: 11/20/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570312   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I can’t help admitting that I have enjoyed Brown’s recent discs more than any of the other new Buxtehude recordings.

Julia Brown continues the Naxos Buxtehude series with this new volume, once again recorded on Martin Pasi’s remarkable dual-temperament instrument at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Cecilia in Omaha, Nebraska.

I have to say that I have warmed to Brown’s Buxtehude playing since her first volume, featuring the Brombaugh organ in Eugene, where the playing didn’t entirely convince me. Here I find her feeling for affect (rhetorically conceived), rhythmic freedoms, beautiful touch and exquisite attention to details of articulation highly beautiful. Once again, though, I am left bemused by
Read more certain registration choices. The prominent quint in the second fugue of BuxWV 158, (is it really just 8’and 3’?) and the gap registration with the sesquialtera (again no 4’ I think) at the beginning of ‘Gelobet seist du’ are, in my opinion, really wrong. The unusual registrations employed in the Canzonas are perhaps less clear cut. The relationship between registration and affect is always subjective, and, looking at it from that point of view, I can understand the use of the Praestant 8’ with tremulant in BuxWV 173, and even the trumpet registration in BuxWV 167. The Italianate stylistic roots of such compositions have led to the use of the 4’ flute becoming almost cliché after all, (it makes its ‘expected’ appearance in BuxWV 170). The aforementioned registration in BuxWV 173 seems, naturally, more appropriate for durezze e ligature than for a canzona. But, perhaps most importantly, Brown’s way of playing in both these pieces is intelligently ‘keyed in’ to the registration she chooses.

The disc also features two lengthy sets of variations which are obviously harpsichord pieces. It seems curious to include them, but Brown uses them to show off the organ and the experience is far from unpleasant. BuxWV 163 is also a harpsichord piece, I think, but is more often played on the organ.

The star, of course, is the organ itself. I have written here before about my growing fascination for this instrument, it is surely among the finest modern organs in the world. The opening bars of the disc, played on a sole 8’ Praestant leads the listener to a sound world which could literally belong to any of the great surviving Northern European masterpieces of the 17th and early 18th centuries. The reeds are astoundingly beautiful. Both the meantone and ‘well’ temperaments are employed on the disc. I am in awe of such an obviously modern instrument (in conception at least) with such an immense expressive potential. Can anyone in Europe claim anything similar?

Whatever my subjective feelings about some of Brown’s musical choices, I can’t help admitting that I have enjoyed her recent discs more than any of the other new Buxtehude recordings to emerge during the Buxtehude year.

Chris Bragg, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Praeludium for Keyboard in A minor, BuxWV 158 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Praeludium for Keyboard in C major, BuxWV 138 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV 188 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 10 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Canzonetta for Organ in G minor, BuxWV 173 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Nun lob mein Seel' den Herren, BuxWV 214 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Canzona for Organ in C major, BuxWV 167 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
7.
Aria and Variations (3) for Harpsichord in A minor, BuxWV 249 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
8.
Ich dank' dir schon durch deinen Sohn, BuxWV 195 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
Courant zimble for Harpsichord in A minor, BuxWV 245 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 10 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Praeludium for Keyboard in F major, BuxWV 144 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11.
Praeludium for Keyboard in B flat major, BuxWV 154 [fragment] by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Canzona for Organ in G major, BuxWV 170 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13.
Praeludium for keyboard in G minor, BuxWV 163 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Julia Brown (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Praeambulum in A minor, BuxWV 158
Prelude in C major, BuxWV 138
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV 189: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, Fantasia, BuxWV 188
Canzona in G minor, BuxWV 173
Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV 214
Canzonetta in C major, BuxWV 167
Aria with 3 variations in A minor, BuxWV 249
Ich dank dir schon durch deinen Sohn, BuxWV 195
Courant zimble with 8 variations in A minor, BuxWV 245: Courant zimble with 8 variations, BuxWV 245
Prelude in F major, BuxWV 144
Prelude (fragment) in B flat major, BuxWV 154: Prelude in B flat major (fragment), BuxWV 154
Canzona in G major, BuxWV 170
Prelude in G minor, BuxWV 163

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