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Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri, Laudate Pueri Dominum / Kirkby, Thomas, Fretwork, Purcell Quartet

Buxtehude / Weckmann / Purcell Quartet
Release Date: 11/16/2010 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 775  
Composer:  Dietrich BuxtehudeMatthias Weckmann
Performer:  Michael ChanceEmma KirkbyCharles DanielsPeter Harvey,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell QuartetFretwork
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BUXTEHUDE Membra Jesu Nostri , BuxWV 75. Laudate pueri Dominum , BuxWV 69. WECKMANN Kommet her zu mir alle Emma Kirkby, Elin Manahan Thomas (s); Michael Chance (ct); Charles Daniels (tn); Peter Harvey (bs); Purcell Qrt; Fretwork CHACONNE CHAN 0775 (78:56 Text and Translation)


The much-recorded set of seven Pietistic cantatas Read more on the Passion of Christ is generously accompanied by two fillers, one recorded most recently by Greta de Reyghere and Agnes Mellon ( Fanfare 12:5) and the other (Weckmann’s) by Max van Egmond (16:4). In addition to the 17 versions of the main work listed earlier (31:5), Jörg Breiding has recently led a new version which, like this one, has generous fillers. The present version uses one voice to a part along with the Purcell Quartet (violins and organ) and Fretwork (a viol consort), almost exactly the makeup of the favored version under Harry Christophers (34:1). The new version is five minutes longer than that one, not counting the fillers, but neither one approaches the extremes of fast and slow that were noted in the earlier survey. It is no easy matter to judge between an ensemble that includes Emma Kirkby among a fine group of singers and one that has countertenor Robin Blaze in another fine ensemble. I don’t have to retract my earlier recommendation to endorse this equally fine accomplishment.


Kirkby and Thomas are the soloists in the shorter Buxtehude work, which is preserved in the Düben collection with the major work, while Harvey takes the Weckmann piece. The latter, also found in the Düben collection, calls for a bass with a range of two octaves. Weckmann is certainly a lesser talent in this period, but the piece is well made, alternating vocal and instrumental sections. The fillers may tip the balance for one who is trying to choose between this disc and the one by Christophers.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Michael Chance (Counter Tenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Charles Daniels (Tenor),
Peter Harvey (Bass), Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet,  Fretwork
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; Germany 
2.
Laudate pueri Dominum, BuxWV 69 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Michael Chance (Counter Tenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Charles Daniels (Tenor),
Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet,  Fretwork
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Kommet her zu mir alle by Matthias Weckmann
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano), Michael Chance (Counter Tenor), Peter Harvey (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet,  Fretwork
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1664; Germany 

Sound Samples

Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: I. Ad pedes: Sonata
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: I. Ad pedes: Ecce super montes pedes
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: I. Ad pedes: Salve mundi salutare
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: I. Ad pedes: Ecce super montes pedes
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: I. Ad pedes: Salve mundi salutare
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: II. Ad genua: Sonata in tremulo
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: II. Ad genua: Ad ubera portabimini
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: II. Ad genua: Salve Jesu, rex sanctorum
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: II. Ad genua: Ad ubera portabimini
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: III. Ad manus: Sonata
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: III. Ad manus: Quid sunt plagae
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: III. Ad manus: Salve Jesu, pastor bone
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: III. Ad manus: Quid sunt plagae
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: IV. Ad latus: Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: IV. Ad latus: Salve latus salvatoris
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: IV. Ad latus: Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: V. Ad pectus: Sonata
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: V. Ad pectus: Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: V. Ad pectus: Salve, salus mea, Deus
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: V. Ad pectus: Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: VI. Ad cor: Sonata
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: VI. Ad cor: Vulnerasti cor meum
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: VI. Ad cor: Summi regis cor, aveto
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: VI. Ad cor: Vulnerasti cor meum
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: VII. Ad faciem: Sonata
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: VII. Ad faciem: Illustra faciem tuam
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: VII. Ad faciem: Salve, caput cruentatum
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75: VII. Ad faciem: Amen
Laudate pueri Dominum, BuxWV 69
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