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Buxtehude: VII Suonate, Op. 1 / The Purcell Quartet

Buxtehude / Purcell Quartet
Release Date: 01/26/2010 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 766  
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Buxtehude’s Seven Sonatas, Op. 1 for violin, bass viol and harpsichord appeared in the 1690s, inspired by earlier Italian models but expressed with a distinctly northern accent. They are essentially duo sonatas for three instrumentalists, played here by The Purcell Quartet. (Confused yet?) Buxtehude’s background as a church organist and celebrated improviser (Bach walked 200 miles to hear him) is everywhere apparent, as his contrapuntal textures and discursive fugal writing contrast with improvisatory riffs and mercurial changes of tempo.

The Purcell Quartet gives amiable performances, eschewing flamboyant gestures or expressive excess in favour of a convivial musical discourse. The detailed yet airy recording sets us
Read more in the salon, among friends. Fugal movements are politely worked out; dances are discreetly elegant; ensemble is taught."

-- Kate Bolton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in F major, Op. 1 no 1/BuxWV 252 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; Lübeck, Germany 
2. Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G major, Op. 1 no 2/BuxWV 253 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; Lübeck, Germany 
3. Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in A minor, Op. 1 no 3/BuxWV 254 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; Lübeck, Germany 
4. Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in B flat major, Op. 1 no 4/BuxWV 255 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; Lübeck, Germany 
5. Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in D minor, Op. 1 no 5/BuxWV 256 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; Germany 
6. Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in D minor, Op. 1 no 6/BuxWV 257 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; Lübeck, Germany 
7. Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in E minor, Op 1 no 7/BuxWV 258 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; Lübeck, Germany 

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