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Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri / Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels

> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - I. Ad pedes: Sonata
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - I. Ad pedes: Ecce super montes pedes
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - I. Ad pedes: Salve mundi salutare
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - I. Ad pedes: Ecce super montes pedes
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - I. Ad pedes: Salve mundi salutare
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - II. Ad genua: Sonata in tremulo
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - II. Ad genua: Ad ubera portabimini
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - II. Ad genua: Salve Jesu, rex sanctorum
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - II. Ad genua: Ad ubera portabimini
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - III. Ad manus: Sonata
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - III. Ad manus: Quid sunt plagae
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - III. Ad manus: Salve Jesu, pastor bone
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - III. Ad manus: Quid sunt plagae
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - IV. Ad latus: Sonata
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - IV. Ad latus: Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - IV. Ad latus: Salve latus salvatoris
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - IV. Ad latus: Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - V. Ad pectus: Sonata
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - V. Ad pectus: Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - V. Ad pectus: Salve, salus mea, Deus
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - V. Ad pectus: Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - VI. Ad cor: Sonata
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - VI. Ad cor: Vulnerasti cor meum
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - VI. Ad cor: Summi regis cor, aveto
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - VI. Ad cor: Vulnerasti cor meum
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - VII. Ad faciem: Sonata
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - VII. Ad faciem: Illustra faciem tuam
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - VII. Ad faciem: Salve, caput cruentatum
> Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 - VII. Ad faciem: Amen
> Laudate pueri Dominum, BuxWV 69 - Laudate pueri Dominum, BuxWV 69
> Kommet her zu mir alle - Kommet her zu mir alle

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 (TrV 117)
>Strauss, Richard : Duet-Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, harp & strings, o.Op. 147 (TrV 293, AV 147)
>Strauss, Richard : Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144
>Strauss, Richard : Andante for horn & piano in C major (from unfinished sonata), o.Op. 86a (TrV 155, AV 86a)
>Strauss, Richard : Stimmungsbilder for Piano, Op. 9
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new release from Chaconne the Chandos' early music label focuses on Buxtehude's seven cantatas, collectively know as Membra Jesu nostri. The work takes the form of a sequence of seven meditations on the crucified body of Jesus beginning with the feet. As such the work is written from the perspective of a penitent kneeling at the foot of the cross. The disc also includes Buxtehude's Laudate, pueri Dominum and Matthias Weckmann's Kommet her zu mir alle, a setting of the words from St Matthew's Gospel in which the composer gives the words of Jesus to a virtuoso bass singer with an impressive range of nearly two octaves. In this performance Peter Harvey gives a stylish performance accompanied by two violins, three bass viols, and continuo. The Purcell Quartet is a notable early music specialist ensemble that has recorded an impressive catalogue of music for Chandos over the last twenty years. They are joined by members of Fretwork and a fine array of soloist voices in Elin Manahan Thomas, Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels, and Peter Harvey.

"This is an absolutely gorgeous recording of Buxtehude's seven passion cantatas, skillfully performed by two of the most talented string ensembles and five of the best singers you'll find anywhere." -American Record Guide

Gramophone Magazine
In numerous short solo passages Emma Kirkby's singing has its customary authority with text and style...Elin Manahan Thomas is an ideal sparring partner. Michael Chance's singing is typically profound, even if his timbre sound worn at crucial times...Charles Daniels's soft high tenor has a hushed devotional character...The Purcell Quartet play with reliable stylishness.



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 (TrV 117)
  • Performers: Elin Thomas (Soprano); Peter Harvey (Bass); Charles Daniels (Tenor); Michael Chance (Countertenor); Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Running Time: 16 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Strauss, Richard : Duet-Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, harp & strings, o.Op. 147 (TrV 293, AV 147)
  • Performers: Charles Pikler (Viola); Samuel Magad (Violin); John Sharp (Cello); Joseph Guastefeste (Double Bass); Larry Combs (Clarinet); Joseph Golan (Violin); David McGill (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1947

>Strauss, Richard : Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144
  • Performer: Alex Klein (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Notes: Composition written: 1945.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Strauss, Richard : Andante for horn & piano in C major (from unfinished sonata), o.Op. 86a (TrV 155, AV 86a)
  • Performers: Daniel Barenboim (Piano); Dale Clevenger (Horn)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1888.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Strauss, Richard : Stimmungsbilder for Piano, Op. 9
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882-1884