Buxtehude - Trio Sonatas op.1 | Alpha ALPHA367

Buxtehude - Trio Sonatas op.1


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA367

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 21st July 2017



For this recording of music by Buxtehude, Jonathan Cohen, founder of the ensemble Arcangelo, is joined by a distinguished trio, including two regulars on the Alpha label, Sophie Gent and Thomas Dunford, alongside the gambist Jonathan Manson. Although Dietrich Buxtehude is famous above all for his organ music and cantatas, and for the long journey the young Bach undertook to meet him, his chamber music is virtually unknown. In the mid-1690s, at the height of his fame, Buxtehude published two collections in rapid succession, each comprising seven sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo. It is the works of the first collection (1694) – designated Opus 1 in the print – that Arcangelo has recorded here. These sonatas are characterised by pronounced experimental features in both the scoring and the handling of the instruments.

‘The ensemble Arcangelo, lead by harpsichordist Jonathan Cohen, is composed of a brilliant group of sound-makers, who have the rhetoric of 17th century music at their fingertips.’ – The Guardian


This exquisitely balanced recording instantly captures the sense of conversation between the instrumental parts, highlighting the egalitarian approach of Buxtehude's melodic writing.  Hannah French (Chamber Choice)
BBC Music Magazine October 2017

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