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Buxtehude: Geistliche Kantaten / Junghänel, Cantus Cölln


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501629   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Kerstin BrunsJohanna KoslowskyElisabeth PopienStephan Schreckenberger,   ... 
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performance: ****/Sound: *****
There is a rich variety of formal types and styles to be found in Buxtehude’s sacred vocal music. Among the most favoured are elaborate solo arias with instrumental support, hymns or poems with instrumental ritornellos, dialogue cantatas and cantatas grounded in the cantus-firmus technique. Cantus Cölln has chosen pieces which reflect both Buxtehude’s versatility as a technician and, above all, his powers of invention. One of the most impressive pieces on the disc is the chorale cantata Herzlich lieb hab’ich Dich which demonstrates very well Buxtehude’s skill in word-painting. This colourful gift in affective writing is conveyed with comparable strength, though by somewhat different means, in the
Read more dialogue cantata Gott, hilf mir. Buxtehude’s sense of drama is heard to effect yet again in the finely pictorial Ich suchte des Nachts, a scene from The Song of Solomon. The voices of Cantus Cölln are eloquent advocates for this superb but scarcely known repertoire, only the upper strings occasionally falling short of the highest standards maintained elsewhere. Trumpets, cornetts and oboes introduce frequent dashes of colour while a vibrant and rich-textured continuo group provides admirable support throughout. A rewarding issue.

-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Herzlich lieb, hab ich dich o Herr, BuxWV 41 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Kerstin Bruns (Soprano), Johanna Koslowsky (Soprano), Elisabeth Popien (Alto),
Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass), Wilfried Jochens (Tenor)
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Gott hilf mir, BuxWV 34 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Kerstin Bruns (Soprano), Wilfried Jochens (Tenor), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass),
Gerd Türk (Tenor), Elisabeth Popien (Alto), Hedwig Westhoff-Düppmann (Soprano),
Johanna Koslowsky (Soprano)
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Nun danket alle Gott, BuxWV 79 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor), Kerstin Bruns (Soprano),
Elisabeth Popien (Alto), Johanna Koslowsky (Soprano), Wilfried Jochens (Tenor)
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Ich suchte des Nachts, BuxWV 50 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Elisabeth Popien (Alto), Wilfried Jochens (Tenor), Kerstin Bruns (Soprano),
Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Fürwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit, BuvWV 31 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Kerstin Bruns (Soprano), Johanna Koslowsky (Soprano), Wilfried Jochens (Tenor),
Elisabeth Popien (Alto), Gerd Türk (Tenor), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm, BuxWV 10 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Kerstin Bruns (Soprano), Elisabeth Popien (Alto), Johanna Koslowsky (Soprano),
Wilfried Jochens (Tenor), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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