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Dietrich Buxtehude

Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Opera Omnia V, Vocal Works II

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917224429
  • Catalog number CC 72244
  • Release date 04 June 2007

About the album

Buxtehude the organist expanded his activities as a vocal composer in an unprecedented way.

He left a particular mark as a composer of large-scale oratorios (Abendmusiken). His oratorios have not survived, but the many other vocal compositions that have come down to us represent a substantial body of works. These include in particular larger and shorter chorale settings of various kinds, sacred concertos (i.e., motets with differentiated instrumental accompaniment), arias, and multi-movement structures consisting of concertos, arias, and chorales that were later referred to as cantatas. This album presents a mixed selection of primarily shorter works in the various genres mentioned above plus some other special pieces.

Dieterich Buxtehude (Dietrich, Diderich) was a German-Danish organist and a highly regarded composer of the baroque period. His organ works comprise a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and church services. He wrote in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influenced many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach. Organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck for most of his life, Buxtehude is considered today to be the leading German composer in the time between Schütz and Bach.

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