Sadly, my chance questioning of musical friends about the life and work
of Dietrich Buxtehude came to a pitiful end, not because his name was unknown,
but in facing vagueness about his music. To be fair, organists know that
he wrote for their instrument, but rare the soul who plays, maybe, a few
solitary chorale preludes.
This is not a dedicated witch hunt, simply a quest for facts amongst
those who might know the music. Even this CD's prefatory material says that
he 'is little known until now', against which the release of a few records
and some broadcasts around Europe is hardly a revival.
This CD from harmonia mundi, a company known for its exploratory policy
matches their reputation for music, performance and presentation. Planning
for this disc has put the opus 1 set of VII Suonate a due for violin,
cello and continuo together in performances that sparkle with life
[listen -- track 34, 0:00-0:43], and
display both Buxtehude's potential for contrapuntal vivacity and touches
of creative glue to build structures.
Copyright © 15 June 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
Dietrich Buxtehude: Suonate a due Op 1
HMC 901746 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 62'17" 2002 harmonia mundi sa
Manfredo Kraemer, violon; Juan Manuel Quintana, viole de gambe; Dane Roberts, violone; Dirk Börner, clavecin
VII Suonate a due Op 1 (1694)
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