About the album
Fifth volume of Vocal Music in the Opera Omnia Series of Dieterich Buxtehude (XIV)
This CD could be subtitled “The Unknown Buxtehude”. It presents eight somewhat unfamiliar vocal works that differ greatly from each other, undoubtedly because of dates of their composition. Notable, of course, is the richly instrumented Ich bin die Auferstehung BuxWV 44, with five strings, dulcian, two cornettos, two trumpets and basso continuo, the only concerto for solo vocalist with such lavish instrumentation.
The other solo concerto for bass, Ich bin eine Bume zu Saron BuxWV 45, is much simpler, but more touching. The basic instrumentation of the solo concertos on this CD is two violins, violone and organ. Aside from the more elaborately instrumented BuxWV 44, two other concertos deviate slightly: Jesu, komm, mein Trost und Lachen BuxWV 58 adds a viola and Bedenke Mensch das Ende BuxWV 9 an extra violin. Notable in the latter is that it has three singers throughout, thus without the solo passages normally heard in Buxtehude. This is also the case in BuxWV 57 Jesu dulcis memoria, which is dominated by the bass theme. For basso continuo players, it is such a pleasure to play and vary this theme, especially when there are two players, as on this recording. We basso continuo players try to zestfully enliven the festive character of this very Italian concerto (compare Monteverdi!) – this relatively unknown concerto is one of his Buxtehude’s vocal works.
But there is plenty more. Two soprano solo concertos, for example, on the same text: Herr wenn ich nur dich habe BuxWV 38 and 39 -- a shorter and a longer version sung here by different sopranos. I couldn’t choose between them – both have their own charm. " (Linernotes written by Ton Koopman) But there is plenty more. Two soprano solo concertos, for example, on the same text: Herr wenn ich nur dich habe BuxWV 38 and 39 -- a shorter and a longer version sung here by different sopranos. I couldn't choose between them - both have their own charm.
11Je höher du bist BuxWV 55
12Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe (II) BuxWV 39
13Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben BuxWV 44
14Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab (I) BuxWV 38
15Bedenke Mensch das Ende BuxWV 9
16Ich bin eine Blume zu Saron BuxWV 45
17Jesu, komm, mein Trost und Lachen BuxWV 58
18Jesu, dulcis memoria II - Ciacona - BuxWV 57