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Buxtehude: VII Suonate Op 2 / Purcell Quartet

Buxtehude / Purcell Quartet
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 784  
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Richard BoothbyCatherine MackintoshCatherine WeissRobert Woolley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

By the end of his life, the fame of Dietrich Buxtehude as an organist was so great that in 1706 the young J.S. Bach took four weeks’ leave from his employment at Arnstadt and travelled on foot over 200 miles to Lübeck to hear him perform in concert. Ironically, the meteoric rise of the career of Bach himself as a composer meant that, until very recently, Buxtehude was primarily known simply as a forerunner to the great man, when in fact he was a major composer in his own right.

These Trio Sonatas for violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord are remarkable examples of Buxtehude’s beautiful chamber music, and anyone expecting them to follow a set of pre-established procedures will be surprised. Inventive and full of life,
Read more each of the sonatas is different from the others, ranging from dance-like pieces and little fugues to variation sets with some dynamic duets between the violin and viola da gamba, and slow, airy pieces too.

The recording complements CHAN0766 (Trio Sonatas, Op. 1) of which Early Music Today wrote: ‘The Purcell Quartet brings its customary virtues to these perceptive period-instrument interpretations: incisiveness, tonal transparency and excellent rapport and blend.

Reviews:

All four musicians reveal their experience and expertise as interpreters, particularly of this kind of German repertoire, which they have been championing for some time now. They pace the music's stops and starts perfectly.

– Gramophone

These are as always period instrument performances by the Purcells, and their customary professionalism should appeal to most ears. However, there is a certain amount of almost regal restraint in their playing that makes Buxtehude sound more like Purcell. This is no bad thing but it’s not entirely Buxtehude, whose quirky fertility may benefit from a more unbuttoned treatment.

– MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G minor, Op. 2 no 3/BuxWV 261 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Viola Da Gamba), Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Catherine Weiss (Violin),
Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1696; Lübeck, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in F major, Op. 2 no 7/BuxWV 265 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Viola Da Gamba), Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Catherine Weiss (Violin),
Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1696; Lübeck, Germany 
3.
Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in E major, Op. 2 no 6/BuxWV 264 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Viola Da Gamba), Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Catherine Weiss (Violin),
Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1696; Lübeck, Germany 
4.
Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in D major, Op. 2 no 2/BuxWV 260 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Viola Da Gamba), Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Catherine Weiss (Violin),
Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1696; Lübeck, Germany 
5.
Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in C minor, Op 2 no 4/BuxWV 262 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Viola Da Gamba), Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Catherine Weiss (Violin),
Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1696; Lübeck, Germany 
6.
Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in B flat major, Op. 2 no 1/BuxWV 259 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Viola Da Gamba), Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Catherine Weiss (Violin),
Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1696; Germany 
7.
Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in A major, Op. 2 no 5/BuxWV 263 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Viola Da Gamba), Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Catherine Weiss (Violin),
Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1696; Lübeck, Germany 

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