Buxtehude - Opera Omnia V: Vocal Works 2 | Challenge Classics CC72244

Buxtehude - Opera Omnia V: Vocal Works 2


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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72244

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 1st January 1970



This fifth release in the series of recordings presenting the complete works of the highly influential 17th century composer Dieterich Buxtehude, is the second disc to feature the composer’s vocal and choral music.
The cycle is being produced by one of the world’s foremost experts in early music performance, the Dutch keyboard player and musical director Ton Koopman, who as president of the International Dieterich Buxtehude Society is considered to be the leading authority on his music. Last year Koopman completed a universally acclaimed set of recordings covering the complete cantatas of J. S. Bach.
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), 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 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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