WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas / Hillier, Theatre Of Voices

Buxtehude / Theatre Of Voices / Hillier
Release Date: 11/16/2010 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 6220534  
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bine Bryndorf
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews


As the notes point out, Buxtehude "never held a position that required him to compose vocal music," but as these works show, he was no stranger to the practice, writing for the voice with adept concision that shows a remarkably wide expressive range and engaging tunefulness. The works are not complex by any means, and employ a minimal contingent of strings and/or organ just sufficient to support and add color to the vocal parts, and to supply textural and occasional imitative or contrasting thematic interest.

These little cantatas--each lasting between five and eight minutes--feature four or five voices (in one case, only a solo singer), with texts in Latin or (in two
Read more instances) Swedish, drawn from the Psalms or religious poetry. In addition to the cantatas--and a welcome organ Praeludium and Passacaglia--we hear the Kyrie and Gloria of a Missa alla brevis, Buxtehude's "only strictly liturgical work"; the extraordinary and delightfully surprising chromatic passages in the final few pages of the Gloria make this one of the program's more memorable--and immediately repeatable--moments.

Paul Hillier's one-voice-to-a-part configuration works very well for these pieces whose style often seems closer to the earlier 17th-century Italian madrigal than to northern European church music of the late 1600s (the opening vocal flourishes and overall expressive character of "Ecce nunc benedicite Domino", for instance). All of these singers are excellent, but among them Else Torp is particularly fine in her solo-cantata "Att du Jesu vill mig höra" (That you will hear me, Jesus). The instrumental ensemble and continuo playing, as well as the solo-organ renditions by Buxtehude expert Bine Bryndorf, are equally stylish and assured--and everything is recorded in state-of-the-art sound, from the church of St. Mary's, Elsinore (Helsingør), where Buxtehude once served as organist, and who played the (now restored) instrument heard here.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Praeludium for Keyboard in E minor, BuxWV 142 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bine Bryndorf (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark 
Notes: Buxtehude organ, St. Mary’s Church, Helsingør (Elsinore), Denmark. 
2.
Pange lingua gloriosi, BuxWV 91 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark 
3.
Herren vår Gud, for SATB voices, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 40 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1687 
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark 
4.
Ecce nunc benedicite Domino, BuxWV 23 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark 
5.
Att du, Jesu, will mig höra, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, BuxWV 8 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark 
6.
Accedite gentes, BuxWV 1 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark 
7.
Passacaglia for Organ in D minor, BuxWV 161 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bine Bryndorf (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark 
Notes: Buxtehude organ, St. Mary’s Church, Helsingør (Elsinore), Denmark. 
8.
Missa all brevis, for SSATB voices & continuo, BuxWV 114 (possibly spurious) by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark 
9.
Domine salvum fac regem, BuxWV 18 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Mary’s Church, Elsinore, Denmark 

Sound Samples

Praeludium in E minor, BuxWV 142
Pange lingua gloriosi, BuxWV 91
Herren var Gud, BuxWV 40
Ecce nunc benedicite Domino, BuxWV 23
Att du, Jesu, will mig hora, BuxWV 8: Att du, Jesu, will mig hora, BuxWV 8
Accedite gentes, accurite populi, BuxWV 1
Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161
Missa alla brevis, BuxWV 114: Kyrie
Missa alla brevis, BuxWV 114: Gloria
Domine, salvum fac regem, BuxWV 18

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In