Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (Rademann)


For Passion in 1680 Dieterich Buxtehude composed his greatest ortatorio-like work, the cantata cycle "Membra Jesu nostri". He dedicated it to his friend Gustav Düben, the Swedish Court Composer. Basically, the seven individual cantatas followed the structural scheme of an “ instrumental introduction – choral movement based on a biblical text – vocal solo (aria) based on a sacred text of the Middle Ages – and a repetition of the opening choral movement.” Within this scheme the feet, knees, hands, side, chest, heart and face of the crucified Christ are treated allegorically. Under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann the solo ensemble and the Dresdner Kammerchor have achieved a most impressive rendering of this work, which is entirely indebted to the gesture and expression of the text. The CD is rounded off by world premiere performances of two chorale cantatas by this composer from Lübeck, the 300th anniversary of whose death is being commemorated this year.

Awarded the Pizzicato Supersonic Award


Compact Disc

12,5 x 14 cm, CD in jewel case
EUR19,90 / copies

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3 Works Show


Hans-Christoph Rademann Personal details

Soloist - soprano

Anja Zügner Personal details
Christina Kaiser Personal details
Astrid Werner Personal details

Soloist - alto

Alexander Schneider Personal details

Soloist - tenor

Tobias Hunger Personal details

Soloist - bass

Matthias Lutze Personal details
Marek Rzepka Personal details

Soloist - violin

Daniel Deuter Personal details
Margret Baumgartl Personal details

Soloist - violoncello

Benjamin Dreßler Personal details
Katharina Schlegel Personal details
Renate Pank Personal details
Juliane Laake Personal details

Soloist - contrabass-bass

Matthias Müller Personal details

Soloist - lute

Michael Dücker Personal details

Soloist - organ

Michaela Hasselt Personal details


Dresdner Kammerchor Personal details



(BC) [...] The solo and tutti singing is excellent (as one expects from the choir concerned!), and the playing equally stylish. [...] The two works that fill the disc are based on chorales and, rather than using the melodies as the basis of contrapuntal expositions, Buxtehude opts to contrast four-part hymn singing with virtuose violin writing. Although I have more versions of Membra Jesu nostri on disc now than perhaps any other Buxtehude work, I'm sure this perfbrmance will establish itself as one of my favourites.

Quelle: Early Music Review, June 2007