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Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri, Etc / Jacobs, Concerto Vocale

Release Date: 08/12/2003 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951333   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a recording of previously released material and presents a fine opportunity to explore a genre, scarcely known up until now, from the greatest German-based composer of the late seventeenth century.

Little is known of Buxtehude’s early life but it is thought that he was born in Denmark around 1637. He has been best remembered for his compositions for organ which consist of preludes, fugues, toccatas, chaconnes, music from chorales, and the passacaglia which influenced Bach's Passacaglia in C Minor. As part of his duties as organist of St. Mary's Church in Lübeck, Buxtehude composed for numerous sacred occasions and also certain public events in the city. The greatest proportion of his large output comprises some
Read more 120 vocal scores; mainly sacred cantatas composed in a wide variety of scorings and styles.

This coupling performed by Concerto Vocale under the direction of Belgian counter-tenor René Jacobs is exceptionally attractive and interesting. The jubilant spirit of the Cantata Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn forms a fascinating and striking contrast with the devout meditations of the cycle of Seven Sacred Cantatas Membra Jesu nostri.

The instrumental ensemble offer most subtle and colourful playing with lovingly sung interpretations from the soloists, including the renowned counter-tenor, Andreas Scholl, being impeccably clear and well balanced. The splendid direction from the talented René Jacobs gives impressive attention to detail which makes the performance so moving, suitably reverent and compelling.

Buxtehude’s sacred music is at last starting to get the exposure that it rightly deserves and this reissue from Harmonia Mundi most ably assists the cause. A release excellently performed and recorded.

-- Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; Germany 
Language: German 
Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 43 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 

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