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D. Buxtehude: Complete Organ Works, VI
Baroque (1600 - 1750)
Buxtehude’s organ music is not only a fascinating precursor of his great admirer J.S. Bach but a body of work full of energy and beauty in its own right, a pinnacle of the early-Baroque Protestant aesthetic. Strict and florid counterpoint, lying at the centre of Bach’s style, is less important here; rather we can hear vibrant and directly illustrative responses to the texts which lie behind the chorales and instrumental versions of canticles such as the Magnificat and Te Deum. The toccatas and fugues are generally shorter and punchier than the mature Bach’s examples, and overall solemnity is generally eschewed in favour of exuberant virtuosity.
These characteristics fit well the mastery of Simone Stella, whose 3CD set of Buxtehude’s harpsichord music has already proved him a doughty advocate of the composer. As BBC Music Magazine remarked, “here we have an Italian eager to touch base with his inner Teuton, as Stella sets well-ordered lucidity above unfettered flamboyance.
The recording, a perfect-stereo one, with totally absence of any mastering effects nor equalisation, has obtained a lot of prizes around the world's music magazines including the 5 "diapason" mark.
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Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 203
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV 208
Praeludium in g, BuxWV 149
Canzona in G, BuxWV 170
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV 209
Praeludium in d, BuxWV 140
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 199
Praeludium in F, BuxWV 145
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 200
Gott der Vater wohn uns bei, BuxWV 190
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BuxWV 183
Te Deum laudamus, BuxWV 218
Recorded at: Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate, Padova,
Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: Johannes Vermeer: 'Portrait of a Young Woman', detail (1666-67)
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