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Sacred Vocal Music - Released June 8, 2018 | Alpha

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In 1668, Dietrich Buxtehude, then thirty one years old, took up the very sought-after tenure of organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck, then a Hanseatic metropolis of considerable relevance; the organist had at that time one of the most desirable social statuses. He soon caused a sensation with the church concerts he held outside of religious services and that happened every year, in the early evening, on the five Sundays preceding Christmas. During these “Abendmusiken” (vespertine music), as they were called, were sometimes performed great works falling withing the oratorio genre, but more often was performed a mix of instrumental pieces, church tunes, psalm arrangements and cantata-like works. From the 1700s, these series of concerts had become a major cultural event of the city. Released from the daily handling of religious music handled by the Marienkirche’s Cantor—as was often the case at the time in North Germany—, Buxtehude only composed works on his own initiative, which allowed him to give them a quality level noticeably higher than that of the Cantor, for example, forced to compose non-stop, from one Sunday to another. The cantatas recorded here demonstrate the high artistic ambitions of these vocal works: they often digress from stylistic and generic conventions of their time and answer the tasks imposed by the texts with bold musical solutions, daring and absolutely splendid. The sonatas from Buxtehude completing the vocal program of this disc are also characterized by their markedly experimental character. Olivier Fortin’s Masques Ensemble—recorder, strings, positive organ—and Lionel Meunier’s Vox Luminis join forces to offer us these gems from the turn of the North German 18th century, such gems that the young Bach didn’t hesitate, in 1705, to travel on foot from Arnstadt—a 100-league trip—to come listen to Buxtehude, his organ play and probably his famous Abendmusiken. © SM/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released February 3, 2017 | Mirare

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Classical - Released January 8, 2008 | Mirare

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Cantatas (sacred) - Released March 30, 2012 | Challenge Classics

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Classical - Released July 7, 2017 | Alpha

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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. © Outhere Music
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Classical - Released August 7, 2015 | OnClassical

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Classical - Released February 1, 2014 | OnClassical

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Classical - Released January 3, 2012 | Accent

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Chamber Music - Released September 25, 2007 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released July 1, 2014 | Accent

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Classical - Released October 1, 2012 | Brilliant Classics

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Classical - Released September 20, 2007 | Challenge Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Brilliant Classics

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Classical - Released February 1, 2014 | OnClassical

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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | OnClassical

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Classical - Released September 1, 1995 | Ligia

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Classical - Released February 7, 2012 | Chandos

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Classical - Released March 24, 2014 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released June 28, 2013 | Challenge Classics

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Classical - Released February 1, 2014 | OnClassical

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