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Buxtehude: Sacred Cantatas / Kirkby, LeBlanc, Harvey, et al

Audio Samples

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Ich habe Lust abzuscheiden, for SSB voices, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 47 (revision of Bux
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Salve, Jesu, Patris gnate unigenite, for SS voices, 2 violins & continuo, BuxWV 94
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Jesu dulcis memoria, for 2 sopranos, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo, BuxWV 56
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Mein Herz ist bereit, for bass, 3 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 73
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Fugue for Organ in C major, BuxWV 174 "Gigue"
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Cantate Domino canticum novum, BuxWV 12
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Ich halte es dafur, for SB voices, violin, violetta, violone & continuo, BuxWV 48
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab', BuxWV 38
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Jesu meine Freude, BuxWV 60

Album Summary

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Ich habe Lust abzuscheiden, for SSB voices, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 47 (revision of Bux
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Salve, Jesu, Patris gnate unigenite, for SS voices, 2 violins & continuo, BuxWV 94
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Jesu dulcis memoria, for 2 sopranos, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo, BuxWV 56
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Mein Herz ist bereit, for bass, 3 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 73
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Fugue for Organ in C major, BuxWV 174 "Gigue"
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Cantate Domino canticum novum, BuxWV 12
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Ich halte es dafur, for SB voices, violin, violetta, violone & continuo, BuxWV 48
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab', BuxWV 38
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Jesu meine Freude, BuxWV 60
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The Purcell Quartet's essential string sound has always been sweet, airy and lucid, and it is interesting to hear how that has been transferred here from the instrumental sphere to the vocal. Emma Kirkby and Suzie LeBlanc make an excellent pairing, distinguishable from each other in both voice and approach, yet at the same time superbly matched in duet; and Peter Harvey has the friendliest of bass voices." - Lindsay Greenfeld, Gramophone

bbc.co.uk - Andrew McGregor
Several of these Sacred Cantatas by Buxtehude aren't otherwise available, and if you'd like to put some flesh on the bare bones of the man admired, and eclipsed, by Bach, then I can't currently think of a nicer way of doing it.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Setting various German and Latin texts for solo voices, violins and continuo, these sacred cantatas are typical products of the late 17th century in their pragmatic approach to form.

Here are patchworks such as Jesu dulcis memoria and Salve, Jesu, Patris gnate unigenite; chorale or song variations such as Jesu, meine Freude; and others, like Ich halte es dafür and Ich habe Lustabzuscheiden, which combine the two. CantateDomino is liltingly Italianate, Mein Herz ist bereit is an agile showpiece for solo bass, while Herr, wennich nur dich hab is a set of variations over a ground bass. The Purcell Quartet's essential string sound has always been sweet, airy and lucid, and it's interesting to hear how that has been transferred here from the instrumental sphere to the vocal.

To this end the choice of singers is important, and on this occasion they could hardly have picked more shrewdly: Emma Kirkby and Suzie LeBlanc make an excellent pairing, distinguishable from each other in both voice and approach, yet at the same time superbly matched in duet; and Peter Harvey has the friendliest of bass voices, his alert account of Mein Herz ist bereit, set against the thrillingly radiant background of three violins, being one of the disc's highlights.

An expert recording in an amenable acoustic completes a release of many refined pleasures.



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>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Ich habe Lust abzuscheiden, for SSB voices, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 47 (revision of Bux
  • Performers: Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Suzie LeBlanc; Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/14/2002-02/16/2002)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Salve, Jesu, Patris gnate unigenite, for SS voices, 2 violins & continuo, BuxWV 94
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Suzie LeBlanc
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/14/2002-02/16/2002)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Jesu dulcis memoria, for 2 sopranos, 2 violins, bassoon & continuo, BuxWV 56
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Suzie LeBlanc
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/14/2002-02/16/2002)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Mein Herz ist bereit, for bass, 3 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 73
  • Performers: Clare Salaman (Violin); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/14/2002-02/16/2002)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Fugue for Organ in C major, BuxWV 174 "Gigue"
  • Performer: Robert Wooley (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/14/2002-02/16/2002)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1690

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Cantate Domino canticum novum, BuxWV 12
  • Performers: Suzie LeBlanc; Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Robert Wooley (Organ); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/14/2002-02/16/2002)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Ich halte es dafür, for SB voices, violin, violetta, violone & continuo, BuxWV 48
  • Performers: Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Suzie LeBlanc
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/14/2002-02/16/2002)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab', BuxWV 38
  • Performer: Suzie LeBlanc
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/14/2002-02/16/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Jesu meine Freude, BuxWV 60
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Suzie LeBlanc; Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/14/2002-02/16/2002)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque