About the album
Dieterich Buxtehude's organ works are his most significant contribution to the history of music. They consist of a comprehensive corpus of just 90 compositions, of which more than half are chorale settings. However, these are mostly shorter than the preludes, toccatas and other freely conceived pieces, so these last represent a more substantial share of his entire output.
A large part of it is intended for a tuning with pure thirds and impure fifths, meantone tuning. The majority of these works must have been composed before 1683, since in that year the organs in the Marienkirche, where Buxtehude worked, were converted from the old mean-tone tuning to the more modern Werckmeister tuning. So for these earlier works the choice of a historically interesting organ in meantone tuning, such as the organ by Lüdingworth, seems plausible.
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.
Wilde/Schnitger Organ (1599/1682), St. Jacobi Kirche, Lüdingworth (D)
11Toccata in F BuxWV 157
12Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott BuxWV 184
13Fuga in C BuxWV 174
14Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern BuxWV 223
15Nun komm der heiden Heiland BuxWV 211
16Puer Natus in Bethlehem BuxWV 217
17Passacaglia in d BuxWV 161
18Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam Bux WV 180
19Ach Gott und Herr Bux WV 177
110Toccata in G BuxWV 164
111Canzona in G BuxWV 170
112Danket dem Herren BuxWV 181
113Der Tag, der ist so freundenreich BuxWV 182
114Canzonetta in gBux WV 173
115Fuga in G BuxWV 175
116Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BuxWV 188
117Praeludium in g BuxWV 163