About the album
In my introduction to the first two CDs of Buxtehude’s organ works, I explained my division of Buxtehude’s œuvre in two
parts: works for organ in mean-tone tuning and works for organ in Werck- meister tuning. I have also adopted this
The beautiful village church in Basedow is home to a 17 th -century three-manual organ (as in Lüdingworth) in meantone
tuning. Many chorales and a few plenum pieces sound phenomenal on this colourful instrument, which was very nearly
demolished in the days of the GDR and, now fortunately restored, has its own individual sound.
Remarkably, the number of notated or- naments in the organ works of Dieterich Buxtehude is usually very small. But in
the chorale settings, most of which have been passed down to us by J.G. Walther in three collections, we see a great many ornaments. These are scorned by modern editors, who notate only a minimum of ornaments, which they ascribe to Walther. As they deem these ‘unauthentic’, they claim they are better omitted. In the Canzonetta, BuxWV 167, we see an example of a short work with many ornaments notated in the original source (in the hand of G. Lindemann, dated 5 March 1713) which we find in a relatively complete state in some modern editions. Far from complete, unfortunately, are the editions of the Prelude in A major, BuxWV 151. In addition to the chorales copied by Walther, these highly ornamented works give us an idea of the harpsichord-like playing of organists in the late 17 th and early 18 th centuries.
It would indeed be too facile to write these off as ‘unauthentic’. One organist’s ornamentation comes easier than that
of another; this was as true then as it is today. But beware: ornaments are part and parcel of the language that can enliven the rigid dynamics of the organ. A restored palace without the original decorations and embellishments looks
like a monument damaged by fire, one which lacks elegance. Unfortunately, organ music often suffers the same fate.
11Praeludium in C BuxWV 138
12Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BuxWV 199
13Canzonetta in G BuxWV 172
14Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich BuxWV 202
15Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ BuxWV 224
16Praeludium in G BuxWV 147
17Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BuxWV 196
18Canzonetta in G BuxWV 171
19Vater unser im Himmelreich BuxWV 219
110Magnificat Primi Toni BuxWV 203
111Praeludium in F BuxWV 144
112Nun lob mein Seel? den Herren BuxWV 212
113Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn BuxWV 201
114Canzonetta in C BuxWV 167
115Es ist das Heil uns kommen her BuxWV 186
116Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BuxWV 198
117Gott der Vater wohn uns bei BuxWV 190
118Nimm von uns, Herr BuxWV 207
119Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BuxWV 189
The significant rediscovery of a missing cantata by George Frideric Händel is now available in a printed edition published by Bärenreiter, as well as on CD! Ton Koopman had this cantata in his private library for a number of years and it was identified by the American musicologist John H. Roberts as a different early version of the cantata “Tu fedel? tu costante?”, HWV 171. Only the first aria is ...