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Dieterich Buxtehude

Ton Koopman

Opera Omnia XVIII - Vocal works vol. 8

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  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917225723
  • Catalog number CC 72257
  • Release date 29 November 13

About the album

In the succession of Franz Tunder in Lübeck Buxtehude broadened the scope and format of vocal composition by adding sophisticated strophic arias, increasing the role of instrumental ensembles, refining instrumental textures of the vocal scores, and making multi- movement structures are more normative feature in sacred music.

His compositions are based on one side on Latin works, p.e. “O Clemens, o mitis”, the second part of his works are settings of Lutheran hymn texts, p.e.  “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”. And on the other hand her made settings of pietist poems. The pietist movement became prominent in later 17th-century Lutheran Germany and several lyrical texts set by Buxtehude reflect this leaning toward reflective individual piety. “Meine Seele, willtu ruhn” (BuxWV 74) and “O Gottes Stadt, o güldnes Licht” (BuxWV 87) represent particularly prominent examples of sacred arias.

„ It has been an extraordinary experience to study and record so many works that have rarely if ever been performed. For example: Composed by Buxtehude for his ‘amico’ the Kappelmeister Gustav Düben in Stockholm, Membra Jesu Nostri (BuxWV 75) was little known around 1980. Now the work enjoys wide renown, appearing on many CD recordings. Singers, choirmasters and instrumentalists please take note: there is much more! Listen to this music and study and perform it. Buxtehude deserves it.“ Ton Koopman

Ton Koopman receives prestigious Bach Prize

28-05-2014

image This week the Royal Academy of Music announced that Ton Koopman has been elected as the 2014 winner of The Bach Prize. The prize, which was established in 2006 by The Kohn Foundation, is awarded to outstanding figures in the performance and scholarship of Bach's music. Ton Koopman is being complimented for his "remarkable work promoting Bach's music in the last thirty or so years." Previous winners of The Bach Prize ...

Whatever follows, the Buxtehude project is arguably Koopman's most important achievement: groundbreaking, ear-opening, comprehensive, scholarly, answering questions, raising others. But above all it sounds like a labour of love.
Bravo Buxtehude - and thank you Ton Koopman!
BBC Music Magazine

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