About the album
This cycle, which is clearly not intended for liturgical use and dedicated to his friend Gustav Dben, must indubitably be seen as an expression of Buxtehude's own religious experience and personal devotion. In fact, we know unusually little about this great musician; no personal letters or anecdotes have survived. His music speaks to us all the more powerfully - especially the Membra Jesu Nostri, with its highly personal combination of introverted expressivity, deliberately simple declamation (here and there it can even be called naive), and great harmonic richness. No matter how alien the content of the medieval Latin text may be to our 21st-century sensibilities, it nevertheless inspired Buxtehude to produce a visionary setting, in a vivid cycle of compositions which still go straight to our hearts. Pieter Dirksen (from liner notes)
11Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75 I. Ad Pedes - 'Ecce Super Montes'
12Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75 II. Ad Genua - 'Ad Ubera Portabimini'
13Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75 III. Ad Manus - 'Quid Sunt Plagae Istate'
14Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75 IV. Ad Latus - 'Surge Amica Mea'
15Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75 V. Ad Pectus - 'Sicut Modo Geniti Infantes'
16Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75 VI. Ad Cor - 'Vulnerasti Cor Meum'
17Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75 VII. Ad Faciem - 'Illustra Faciem-tuam'
18Fried-und Freudenreiche Hinfahrth, BuxWV 76 I. Mit Fried un Freud Ich Fahr Dahin Contrapunctus I, Evolutio, Contrapunctus II, Evolutio
19Fried-und Freudenreiche Hinfahrth, BuxWV 76 II. Klagelied - 'Muß Der Tod Denn Auch Entbinden'