Notes & Reviews:
The Duke Vespers Ensemble is an active chamber choir based at Duke University Chapel, consisting of approximately 20 members from the Duke and Durham communities.
The cantatas all follow the same general outline: Instrumental introduction, opening chorus, arias, closing chorus. But within this constrained framework there's a lot of variety. Some of the arias are for solo voice, but some are for three voices (and even those are varied in their combinations). One can hear the inspiration for Bach's early sacred cantatas in these works. If you're a fan of those, you'll surely enjoy Buxtehude's 'Membra Jesu Nostri."
The Duke Vespers Ensemble was recorded live in concert, and I think that makes this release even stronger. The natural acoustic of the Duke University Chapel seems right for Buxtehude's sacred work, providing enough ambient echo to fill the spaces between the notes. And the audience is exception -- nary a cough or a rustle throughout the recording!
Submitted on 04/06/15 by RGraves321