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Dietrich Buxtehude

Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Opera Omnia XX - Vocal Works 10

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917225921
  • Catalog number CC 72259
  • Release date 10 October 2014
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About the album

The repertoire of sacred music that originated in Protestant Germany during the second half of the 17th century is of extraordinary variety, full of riches, yet still insufficiently explored and made available. Nevertheless, notably with the Opera Omnia project completed, the large, substantial, and multi-faceted oeuvre of Dieterich Buxtehude represents the period between Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach better than any other contemporaneous composer. The works produced by him during the nearly forty years he held the distinguished position as organist at St. Mary's in Lübeck from 1668 until his death in 1707 also clearly reflect the experimental phase characteristic of sacred music composition at the time. This experimental phase led from the motets, sacred concertos, and chorale settings prevailing before 1650 to the multi-movement cantata, a new genre that with its choruses, recitatives, arias, and chorales, defined Lutheran church music after 1700 for many decades. The present album contains among the many sacred works also three secular compositions, which Buxtehude wrote for weddings commissioned by prominent families in the city of Lübeck.

Ton Koopman turns 75 and ABO 40 years anniversary


image Ton Koopman celebrates 75th birthday together with Johann Sebastian The renowned Ton Koopman is celebrating its 75th birthday this fall. Koopman is one of the last great early music pioneers of the first hour. Still as energetic as 40 years ago, when he founded his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (ABO), he and his ensemble are celebrating the achievement of this crown year. At the concert on October 4 in the Muziekgebouw aan ...

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