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.
Five different types of pieces are included among the works collected in this CD, all representing distinct genres of improvisatory styles that make up the broad spectrum of the daily practice of organists in Lutheran Germany, whether designed as functional music for worship services, for presenting them in recitals, or for purposes of compositional study.
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.
None of the original instruments played by Buxtehude as organist in Helsingborg, Helsingør, and Lübeck have survived. The Schnitger organ of Hamburg’s Jacobi Church of 1689-93 actually represents an instrument that Buxtehude would surely have known, for he travelled frequently to Lübeck’s sister city.
Schnitger Organ (1693), St. Jacobi Kirche, Hamburg (D)
11Praeludium in g Buxwv 149
12Auf meinen lieben Gott BuxWV 179
13Canzonetta in a buxWV 225
14Praeludium in d BuxWV 140
15Erhalt uns Herr bei deinem Wort BuxWV 185
16Ciacona in c BuxWV 159
17Praeludium in g BuxWV 148
18Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl BuxWV 187
19Fuga in B BuxWV 176
110Praeludium in F BuxWV 145
111Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt BuxWV 183
112Nun lob mein Seel' den Herren BuxWV 214/215/213
113Praeludium in C BuxWV 137
114Herr Jesu Christ, ich weiß gar wohl BuxWV 193
115Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BuxWV 200
The significant rediscovery of a missing cantata by George Frideric Händel is now available in a printed edition published by Bärenreiter, as well as on CD! Ton Koopman had this cantata in his private library for a number of years and it was identified by the American musicologist John H. Roberts as a different early version of the cantata “Tu fedel? tu costante?”, HWV 171. Only the first aria is ...