Buxtehude: Dein edles Herz, der Liebe Thron – Kantaten

Description

Little is known about Dieterich Buxtehude’s life (ca. 1637–1707) and about the circumstances of his work in St. Mary’s Church in Lübeck, but on the other hand, more is known about his influence on the musical life of his times. Thus, in 1703 George Frideric Handel and Johann Mattheson, and in the winter of 1705/1706, Johann Sebastian Bach spent time with Buxtehude in Lübeck in order to round offer their training with him in the art of composing and organ playing. Mattheson described him as a “highly-regarded organist” and Handel was even interested in succeeding Buxtehude in Lübeck. The musicians of Capella Angelica and the Lautten Compagney have approached his vocal work with the elan and joy of discovery. Their search has proved enlightening, yielding chorale melodies, as well as works in the then modern styles of concerto, aria and mixed form.

Awarded the BBC-Radio 3: Critics Disc of the Year

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Content

7 Works Show

Conductor

Wolfgang Katschner Personal details

Ensemble

Capella Angelica Personal details
Lautten Compagney Berlin Personal details

Reviews

(BC) These CDs from Carus continue that company's splendid tercentenary tribute to the composer's sacred music. Dein edles Herz features no fewer than three world premiere recordings, one of which lasts over 17 minutes, so is hardly a minor work by 17th-century Standards! Wolfgang Katschner directs his ensemble Lautten Compagney and the vocal group he formed for larger projects, the two-to-a-part Capella Angelica, in seven works in total, which highlight the rich variety of Buxthude's output. While most of our readers will be familiar with the influence Buxtehude had on the following generation of composers (especially a certain Herr Bach), there were moments on this disc when, actually for the first time (for me, at least), I heard echoes of the past - several passages put me in mind of Tunder. The playing and singing is both very enjoyable and of the highest order, and I recommend the disc to any of our readers, not just 17th -Century fans.

Quelle: Early Music Review, June 2007

 

[...] Katschner verzichtet auf eigens benannte Solisten. Er findet sie in seinem ausgezeichneten Chor, dessen Mitglieder alle solistischen Passagen mustergültig singen. Die Stimmen sind schlank und klar. Strahlend schön klingen die Soprane. Indem Solisten und Choristen eins sind, gewinnt die Musik interpretatorische Dichte. Die Tontechnik erhält den Eindruck, rückt die Soli nicht über Gebühr in den Vordergrund. Auch auf Grund der Kürze der Ariosos ist der Wechsel von Arie und Chor sehr organisch.[...]
Zum immer wieder hören sind die Choräle. Die meisten der sieben hier eingespielten Stücke beruhen auf Choralmelodien. Buxtehude genügt es jedoch selten, sie am Ende seiner Kantaten einfach absingen zu lassen. Vielleicht noch stärker als dies bei Bach der Fall ist, deutet Buxtehude den Text durch Harmonik und Anlage aus. Exemplarisch geschieht dies in ,Stärk mich mit deinem Gnadengeist' von BuxVW 112. Wie schmerzlich schön es doch klingen kann, wenn sich ein Meister wünscht, in seiner letzten Stund mit ,Todesschweiß' gewaschen zu werden.

Thomas Vitzthum
Quelle: klassik.com, 23.06.2007