Buxtehude: Complete Organ Music

Buxtehude: Complete Organ Music
Composer Dietrich Buxtehude
Artist Simone Stella organ
Format 6 CD
Cat. number 94422
EAN code 5028421944227
Release October 2012

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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. Indeed, he sometimes misses the edgy danger Koopman brings to Buxtehude's boldest strokes, but he's an unfailingly intelligent and revealing guide to a body of work that cries out to be better known.” The same is gratifyingly true of the new set, recorded on a bright and authentically tuned modern Italian instrument which nonetheless can aspire to the colours of the Danish organs on which Buxtehude plied his trade.

There are only two other modern recordings available of the complete organ music, and both are full-price.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2011.
- The music of Dietrich Buxtehude has gained increased recognition and popularity over the last few years, not in the least due to the invaluable work of pioneers like Ton Koopman (Complete Buxtehude Edition) and others. The great Johann Sebastian Bach valued his music highly, and considered him one of the most important composers before him (and from whom he learned the most!).
- After his successful issue of Buxtehude’s Complete Harpsichord Works ( BC 94312), “Thoroughly imaginative and engaging” (Fanfare), “Uberzeugend und überraschend” (Klassik.com), Italian Simone Stella plays these works on historical organs in Italy.
Includes extensive booklet notes, written by Simone Stella, elucidating the historical context to this music.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Praeludium in D, BuxWV 139
  2. Erhalt uns Herr, bei deinem Wort, BuxWV 185
  3. Toccata in G (manualiter), BuxWV 164
  4. Danket dem Herren, denn er ist sehr freundlich, BuxWV 181
  5. Passacaglia in D Minor, BuxWV 161
  6. Canzonetta in A Minor, BuxWV 225
  7. Praeludium in F, BuxWV 144
  8. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BuxWV 180
  9. Praeludium in E Minor, BuxWV 143
  10. Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV 212
  11. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184
  12. Mensch, willst du leben seliglich, BuxWV 206
  13. Canzona in D Minor, BuxWV 168
  14. Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 204
  15. Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV 205
  16. Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179
  17. Fantasia super Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV 188

Disk 2

  1. Fuga in B-Flat, BuxWV 176
  2. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211
  3. Praeludium in G Minor (manualiter), BuxWV 163
  4. Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 191
  5. Praeludium in C, BuxWV 138
  6. Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 192
  7. Canzonetta in G, BuxWV 171
  8. Praeludium in G (manualiter), BuxWV 162
  9. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223
  10. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV 189
  11. Canzonetta in C, BuxWV 167
  12. Praeludium in the Phrygian Mode, BuxWV 152
  13. Canzona in C, BuxWV 166
  14. Toccata in F, BuxWV 157
  15. Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BuxWV 76

Disk 3

  1. Praeludium in C ‘Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne’, BuxWV 137
  2. Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BuxWV 182
  3. Praeludium in G, BuxWV 147
  4. Puer natus in Bethlehem, BuxWV 217
  5. Fuga in G, BuxWV 175
  6. In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 197
  7. Praeambulum in A Minor, BuxWV 158
  8. Ciaccona in E Minor, BuxWV 160
  9. Canzonetta in G, BuxWV 172
  10. Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BuxWV 202
  11. Toccata in G (manualiter), BuxWV 165
  12. Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV 213
  13. Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit, BuxWV 222
  14. Toccata in D Minor, BuxWV 155
  15. Fuga in C, BuxWV 174
  16. Ich dank dir schon durch deinen Sohn, BuxWV 195
  17. Praeludium in G Minor, BuxWV 148

Disk 4

  1. Ciaccona in C Minor, BuxWV 159
  2. Ich dank dir, lieber Herre, BuxWV 194
  3. Ach Gott und Herr, BuxWV 177
  4. Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BuxWV 178
  5. Praeludium in E, BuxWV 141
  6. Canzona in E Minor, BuxWV 169
  7. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod, BuxWV 198
  8. Canzona in G Minor, BuxWV 173
  9. Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BuxWV 186
  10. Praeludium in C, BuxWV 136
  11. Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 201
  12. Praeludium in G Minor, BuxWV 150
  13. Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BuxWV 224
  14. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein, BuxWV 210

Disk 5

  1. Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl, BuxWV 187
  2. Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV 214
  3. Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV 215
  4. Praeludium in E Minor, BuxWV 142
  5. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV 220
  6. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BuxWV 219
  7. Praeludium in A, BuxWV 151
  8. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV 221
  9. Praeludium in F sharp Minor, BuxWV 146
  10. Herr Jesus Christ, ich weiß gar wohl, BuxWV 193
  11. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BuxWV 196
  12. Praeludium in A Minor, BuxWV 153
  13. Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott, BuxWV 207
  14. Toccata in F, BuxWV 156

Disk 6

  1. Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 203
  2. Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV 208
  3. Praeludium in G Minor, BuxWV 149
  4. Canzona in G, BuxWV 170
  5. Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV 209
  6. Praeludium in D Minor, BuxWV 140
  7. Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 199
  8. Praeludium in F, BuxWV 145
  9. Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV 200
  10. Gott der Vater wohn uns bei, BuxWV 190
  11. Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BuxWV 183
  12. Te Deum laudamus, BuxWV 218