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Buxtehude: Organ Works / Lionel Rogg

Buxtehude / Rogg,Lionel
Release Date: 04/06/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56329   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An excellent bargain for novices and seasoned collectors alike.

This may be three years too late for the Buxtehude centenary, but it is a very welcome addition to the super-budget Gemini catalogue, which already contains an excellent pair of CDs on which Lionel Rogg plays Bach. re

Rogg’s Bach and Buxtehude recordings – the latter made when the composer was less in fashion than now – were staples of the 1960s and 1970s baroque keyboard repertoire. Having made his mark with recordings of Bach and Buxtehude on the organ, harpsichord and pedal-harpsichord for the adventurous but short-lived Oryx label, he went on to record for EMI in the 1970s, mostly on Marcussen and Metzler organs. He had already recorded
Read more much of the music here on the Metzler organ in Baden Cathedral (Buxtehude and his Contemporaries, a 2-LP set), so it was generous indeed of EMI’s German subsidiary Electrola to allow him to re-record so much of the music. What we have here is a distillation of the original 8-LP set; may we hope for a further selection in due course?

The Gramophone reviewer in 1981 wondered if the average listener would really notice the differences between the five organs employed, four of which are represented here. It must be admitted that their timbres are very similar, even the elderly Laufenberg instrument – but, equally, they are all fine examples of their kind and well suited to the music of Buxtehude and Bach.

The 2007 celebrations brought us new recordings of the complete Buxtehude organ śuvre from Ton Koopman (Channel Classics, a set which some reviewers loved and some hated), a more consistent set from Bine Bryndorf (DaCapo) and, at budget price from Naxos, a series of recordings by Julia Brown on some interesting modern organs. The other major player in the Buxtehude field is Christopher Herrick on Hyperion: volume 1 came out in 2008 and volume 2 has appeared recently.

I reviewed and enjoyed Volume 6 of the Naxos series, on 8.570311. It contains several of the works offered on the Rogg reissue: I chose at random the first item on the Naxos, the Prelude and Fugue in g, BuxWV150, CD2 tracks 18-19 of the Gemini set. Rogg takes this noticeably faster than Brown, without any sense of undue haste, thereby belying the assumption which we make too readily that baroque performances have become faster in the last 30 years. Koopman (volume 5, CC72249, 2 CDs) takes the piece faster than either, but his performance is much less to my taste, especially in the opening, than Rogg or Brown. It’s not the worst example of the kind of ‘dissident, macho and ultimately eccentric’ playing that Chris Bragg complained of in reviewing volumes 1 and 2 but it is much rougher than I like.

I returned to Brown – much smoother and more deliberate, but never dragging – and Rogg – the ideal via media between the two newer performances – with relief. Bryndorf (daCapo volume 1, 8.226023) also adopts a fast tempo – very similar overall to Koopman’s; she brings the work to life, but without the sense that she is making heavy weather or that she is going for the music hell for leather. She shows that a fast tempo can work, just as Brown shows that a slower one can, but I still find Rogg the ideal mediator of the music. If you want to make part of the comparison for yourselves, try the Koopman, Brown and Bryndorf versions of this work at the Naxos Music Library.

Christopher Herrick is faster still, on the first of his two Buxtehude recordings to have appeared so far (CDA67666). You can try the first minute of this piece for yourself on the Hyperion website, a fine performance, though a trifle edgier than Bryndorf, with some of the idiosyncrasies of the Koopman, though to a much less irritating degree. Much as I like Herrick in Buxtehude – see the recommendation of volume 2 in my January 2010 Download Roundup – I returned to Rogg at the end of these comparisons with the sense that he gets it right. There is just one more track on CD2 after BuxWV150 and I couldn’t bring myself to stop Rogg at that point, even though I had done so with all the comparisons.

I shan’t bore you by making endless comparisons of this kind, but you may take my word that they consistently show Lionel Rogg in an excellent light. My only complaint, which is an habitual one with Gemini releases, is that the notes are too brief. In this case, Clifford Bartlett seems to be expecting too much of novices in using words such as ‘tablature’ and ‘contrapuntal’ without explanation. I think most beginners – who are most likely to purchase this set – would have liked more about the music and less about editorial problems.

I seem to remember that the original EMI LP set contained specifications of the instruments. It may seem churlish to ask for such details to be included in the booklet of such an inexpensive reissue, but if Naxos (usually) manage to do it for their organ recordings and Hyperion include the full original booklet notes with their Helios reissues, both series at budget price, is it asking too much?

Though much of the music on this reissue is duplicated on one or more of the recordings which I reviewed in 2007/8, all of which benefited from more recent editorial research than Rogg, I shall certainly be keeping his set, which, in a crowded collection, where I don’t tolerate too much duplication, represents a strong recommendation. This is not just an ideal starter for a Buxtehude-less collection; it’s equally valuable for more seasoned collectors. Two well-filled CDs of music by Bach’s major predecessor, selling for less even than two Naxos CDs, in excellent performances and recordings which still hold their own, sounds like an ideal candidate for Bargain of the Month.

-- Brian Wilson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne for Organ in C major, BuxWV 137 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 197 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BuxWV 139 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Ciacona for Organ in C minor, BuxWV 159 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Praeludium for Keyboard in D minor, BuxWV 140 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BuxWV 196 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in F sharp minor, BuxWV 146 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
Praeludium for Keyboard in E minor, BuxWV 142 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9.
Ach Herr, mich armer Sünder, BuxWV 178 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10.
Toccata for Keyboard in F major, BuxWV 157 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11.
Te Deum laudamus, BuxWV 218 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Church of St. Nicolas, Kolding, Denmark 
Length: 12 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
Praeludium for Keyboard in F major, BuxWV 145 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690 
Venue:  Johanneskirche, Laufenburg, Switzerland 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
13.
Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76: Contrapunctus 1 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1674; Lübeck, Germany 
Venue:  Johanneskirche, Laufenburg, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
14.
Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76: Evolutio 1 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1674; Lübeck, Germany 
Venue:  Johanneskirche, Laufenburg, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
15.
Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76: Contrapunctus 2 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1674; Lübeck, Germany 
Venue:  Johanneskirche, Laufenburg, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
16.
Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76: Evolutio 2 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1674; Lübeck, Germany 
Venue:  Johanneskirche, Laufenburg, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
17.
Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BuxWV 155 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1684; Lübeck, Germany 
Venue:  Johanneskirche, Laufenburg, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
18.
Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 199 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Johanneskirche, Laufenburg, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
19.
Praeludium for Keyboard in E minor, BuxWV 143 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Johanneskirche, Laufenburg, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
20.
Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BuxWV 156 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Netstal Reformed Church, Glaris 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
21.
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV 200 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Netstal Reformed Church, Glaris 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
22.
Ciacona for Organ in E minor, BuxWV 160 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Venue:  Netstal Reformed Church, Glaris 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
23.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Netstal Reformed Church, Glaris 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
24.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in A minor, BuxWV 153 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Monastery of Soro, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
25.
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Monastery of Soro, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
26.
Magnificat Primi Toni for organ, BuxWV 203 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Venue:  Monastery of Soro, Denmark 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
27.
Praeludium for Keyboard in G minor, BuxWV 149 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Venue:  Monastery of Soro, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
28.
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Monastery of Soro, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
29.
Praeludium for Keyboard in G minor, BuxWV 150 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Monastery of Soro, Denmark 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
30.
Passacaglia for Organ in D minor, BuxWV 161 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Lionel Rogg (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Monastery of Soro, Denmark 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Prelude, Fugue And Chaconne En Ut Majeur/in C Major BuxWV 137 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude, Fugue And Chaconne En Ut Majeur/in C Major BuxWV 137 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude, Fugue And Chaconne En Ut Majeur/in C Major BuxWV 137 : Chaconne (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : In Dulci Jubilo, BuxWV 197 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In D Major/en Ré Majeur BuxWV 139 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In D Major/en Ré Majeur BuxWV 139 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Chaconne In C Minor/en Ut Mineur BuxWV 159 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In A Minor/en La Mineur BuxWV 140 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In A Minor/en La Mineur BuxWV 140 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Ich Ruf Zu Dir, BuxWV 196 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In F Sharp Minor/en Fa Dičse Mineur, BuxWV 146 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In F Sharp Minor/en Fa Dičse Mineur, BuxWV 146 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In E Minor/en Mi Mineur, BuxWV 142 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In E Minor/en Mi Mineur, BuxWV 142 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Ach Herrr, Mich Armer Sünder, BuxWV 178 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Toccata And Fugue In F Major/en Fa Majeur, BuxWV 157 : Toccata (Remasterisé En 2010)
Toccata And Fugue In F Major/en Fa Majeur, BuxWV 157 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Te Deum Laudamus, BuxWV 218 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Te Deum Laudamus, BuxWV 218 : I Te Deum (Remasterisé En 2010)
Te Deum Laudamus, BuxWV 218 : II Te Martyrum Candidatus (Remasterisé En 2010)
Te Deum Laudamus, BuxWV 218 : III Tu Devicto Mortis Aculeo (Remasterisé En 2010)
Te Deum Laudamus, BuxWV 218 : IV Pleni Sunt Coeli Et Terra (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In F Major/en Fa Majeur, BuxWV 145 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In F Major/en Fa Majeur, BuxWV 145 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Mit Fried' Und Freud' Ich Fahr Dahin, BuxWV 76 : I Contrapunctus I (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Mit Fried' Und Freud' Ich Fahr Dahin, BuxWV 76 : II Evolutio (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Mit Fried' Und Freud' Ich Fahr Dahin, BuxWV 76 : III Contrapunctus II (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Mit Fried' Und Freud' Ich Fahr Dahin, BuxWV 76 : IV Evolutio (Remasterisé En 2010)
Toccata And Fugue In D Minor/en Ré Mineur, BuxWV 155 : Toccata (Remasterisé En 2010)
Toccata And Fugue In D Minor/en Ré Mineur, BuxWV 155 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Komm, Heiliger Geist, BuxWV 199 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In E Minor/en Mi Mineur, BuxWV 143 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In E Minor/en Mi Mineur, BuxWV 143 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Toccata And Fugue In F Major/en Fa Majeur BuxWV 156 : Toccata (Remasterisé En 2010)
Toccata And Fugue In F Major/en Fa Majeur BuxWV 156 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 200 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Chaconne In E Minor/en Mi Mineur, BuxWV 160 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral-Fantasie : Wie Schön Leuchtet Der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In A Minor/en La Mineur, BuxWV 153 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In A Minor/en La Mineur, BuxWV 153 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott, BuxWV 184 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Magnificat Primi Toni, BuxWV 203 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In G Minor/en Sol Mineur, BuxWV 149 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In G Minor/en Sol Mineur, BuxWV 149 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Choral : Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211 (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In G Minor/en Sol Mineur, BuxWV 150 : Prelude (Remasterisé En 2010)
Prelude And Fugue In G Minor/en Sol Mineur, BuxWV 150 : Fugue (Remasterisé En 2010)
Passacaglia In D Minor/en Ré Mineur, BuxWV 161 (Remasterisé En 2010)

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