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Buxtehude: Sacred Cantatas / White, Hill, Grindlay, Mallon


Release Date: 10/19/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557041   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Katherine HillPaul GrindlayMatthew White
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Charming, functional, well-crafted, tuneful--all of these describe the music in the seven cantatas performed on this fine recording. Of course, Dietrich Buxtehude is best known for his organ works, and in his own time was acclaimed for his exceptional performing skills on that instrument, but his cantatas deserve attention for the above reasons and as worthy examples of the developing genre that would significantly occupy later masters such as J.S. Bach. Neither the vocal nor instrumental music is overly dramatic or even harmonically adventurous, and the melodies remain relatively straightforward and free of ornament. That said, these are works that are immediately appealing on the most fundamental
Read more level--ear-catching tunes (well-designed for the designated voice or voices) and predominantly lively rhythms, and the simple, direct manner of expressing the sentiments of the texts.


The star here, if there is only one, is countertenor Matthew White, one of today's outstanding singers in any vocal category, and he gets the lion's share of the solo work. His performance in Wenn ich, Herr Jesu, habe dich (If I have Thee, Lord Jesu), the most emotionally compelling of all the cantatas on the program, with its strong bass line and minor-key setting, finds just the right expressive mood, and his naturally flowing, clear, golden-toned delivery makes this a highlight worth repeated hearings. The other singers are first-rate professionals who, along with their instrumental colleagues, offer unaffected performances that show the kind of polish and refinement we expect from today's more accomplished period-practitioners. The vibrant yet intimate sound, from Toronto's Grace Church on the Hill, is ideal for these forces and this music. Another winner for both Buxtehude and for listeners who enjoy German Baroque vocal repertoire. [12/23/2004]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Was frag' ich nach der Welt, BuxWV 104 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Katherine Hill (Soprano), Paul Grindlay (Bass), Matthew White (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
2. Jesu, meine Freud und Lust, BuxWV 59 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Matthew White (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
3. In te, Domine, speravi in G minor, BuxWV 53 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Paul Grindlay (Bass), Katherine Hill (Soprano), Matthew White (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: Latin 
4. Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Matthew White (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1672; Lübeck, Germany 
Language: Latin 
5. Sicut Moses exaltavit serpentem, BuxWV 97 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Katherine Hill (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Language: Latin 
6. Passacaglia for Organ in D minor, BuxWV 161 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Kevin Mallon. 
7. Wie schmeckt es so lieblich, BuxWV 108 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Katherine Hill (Soprano), Matthew White (Countertenor), Paul Grindlay (Bass)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
8. Wenn ich, Herr Jesu, habe dich, BuxWV 107 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Matthew White (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Was frag' ich nach der Welt, BuxWV 104: Was frag' ich nach de Welt, BuxWV 104
Jesu, meine Freud und Lust, BuxWV 59
Sicut Moses exaltavit serpentem, BuxWV 97: Sicut Moses, BuxWV 97
Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161 (arr. K. Mallon)
Wenn ich, Herr Jesu, habe dich, BuxWV 107
In te, Domine, speravi, BuxWV 53
Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64: Jubilate Domino, BuxWV 64
Wie schmeckt es so lieblich, BuxWV 108: Wie schmeckt es so lieblich und wohl, BuxWV 108

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