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John ADAMS (b.1947) On the Transmigration of Souls (2002) New York Choral Artists Brooklyn Youth Chorus Philip Smith (trumpet) Preben Antonson (boy’s voice). Other voices: Sam Adams; Emily Adams; Ditsa Pines; Deborah O’Grady; Morgan Staples. Mark Grey (soundscape engineering) New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Lorin Maazel Recorded in concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, 19-24 September 2002. DDD NONESUCH 7559 79816-2 [25’04"] [JW]

A response to tragedy ... a sense of numbed loss and of redemptive promise. A performance scrupulously well prepared and sumptuously recorded. ... see Full Review

John ADAMS (b. 1947) Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986) [4:05] The Wound Dresser (1988) [19:19] Berceuse élégiaque (1991) [9:27] Shaker Loops (1978, rev. 1983) [25:28] Nathan Gunn, baritone Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop Recorded at the Lighthouse Poole Centre for Arts, UK, 10-11 June 2003. DDD NAXOS 8.559031 [58:20] [KS]

A taut sense of rhythm and ensemble and ravishing string colors. Highly recommended on all fronts.... see Full Review

Elfrida ANDREE (1841-1929) Complete Organ Works: Orgelsymfoni nr 2 for orgel och massingblasinstrument Ess-dur: Allegro Moderato [6’20], Andantino cantabile [6’49], Finale: Allegro maestoso [6’59] Andantino e-moll [4’38] Fuga con spirito Ess-dur [4’28] Koral med variationer d-moll [8’58] Andante G-dur [2’01] Melodi ciss-moll [1’50] Orgelsymfoni nr 1 h-moll: Moderato [9’41], Fugato: Andante lento e grazioso [2’29], Cantabile [4’29], Finale: Allegro giusto e maestoso [4’55] Symfonisk dikt e-moll [13’59] Ralph Gustaffson, organ Brass Ensemble/Ragnar Bohlin Rec: St Maria Magdalena Church, Stockholm, 26-27 August, 4-5 October 1998 DDD SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1085 [77’47] [CB]

Performances that are committed and enthusiastic but interesting rather than anything else - fans of the obscure ... see Full Review

George Antheil (1900-1959) Symphony No. 3 American (1936-39/revised 1946) [25:02] Tom Sawyer Overture (1949) [5.25] Hot-Time Dance (1948) [4.24] McKonkey’s Ferry Overture (1948) [9.03] Capital of the World Suite (1953) [17.08] Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt/Hugh Wolff Recorded at Sendesaal, 3-6 July, 28 August 2001. DDD CPO 777 040-2 [61.28][JF]

Absolutely essential listening for all enthusiasts of Yankee 20th century music. Fascinating, brilliant, moving, tuneful and often fun! ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 [70:51] Encore: "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" from Cantata BWV 147 [3:36] Tatiana Nikolayeva, piano Recorded Live at Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark, April 1983 CLASSICO CLASSCD 416 [74:27] [DS]

One of the more rewarding piano versions on the market ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 (1725) [21.37]Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069 (1725) [21.02] Wilhelm Friedemann BACH (1710-1784) (attrib.) Suite in G minor (formerly attrib. J.S. Bach as BWV 1070) [16.55] Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra/Jean-François Paillard
rec. 1962. ADD WARNER APEX 2564-61686-2 [59.34] [SV]

A pleasing, gracious piece of Baroquerie ... sufficient reason to investigate this disc at bargain price. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV1068 (1723) Orchestral Suite No.4 in D major BWV1069 (1725) Suite in G minor BWV1070, now attributed to W. F. Bach. Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard/Jean-François Paillard.recorded in 1962 – no further details given. ADD WARNER APEX 2564 61686-2 [59’36"] [JPh]

Full of life, and I enjoyed them immensely. I recommend this release wholeheartedly ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041 Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042 Double Concerto in D minor BWV 1043* David Oistrakh (violin) Igor Oistrakh (violin)* Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Rudolf Barshai Recorded Moscow, 1972 and 1959 (Concerto in E major) AULOS MUSIC AMC2-027 [50.35] [JW]

Fashion comes and goes but wisdom and tonal beauty are perennial. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Concerto in C major for two harpsichords and strings, BWV1061 Concerto in C minor for two harpsichords and strings, BWV1062 Concerto in C minor for two harpsichords and strings, BWV1060 Concerto in A minor for four harpsichords and strings, BWV1065 Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot (harpsichords), Elina Mustonen and Patrizia Marisaldi (harpsichords - BWV1065 only) Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Ton Koopman recorded in the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Harlem, November 1988 (BWV1065) and the Oud Katholieke Kerk Maria Minor, Utrecht, December 1988 (BWV1061/2), June 1990 (BWV1060) WARNER ELATUS 2564 61775-2 [54'17"] [PL]

An appealing reissue that can be confidently recommended ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Six Cello Suites Antonio Meneses (cello) recorded in St Martin’s Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, 2-5 June 2004 AVIE AV0052 [55'48" + 72'59"] [PL]

A truly wonderful thing, it deserves the strongest recommendation: buy it, be it your 1st recording, or your nth. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) Suite No. 1 in G major BWV1007 (1720) Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV1008 (1720) Suite No. 3 in C major BWV1009 (1720) Suite No. 4 in E Flat major BWV1010 (1720) Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV1011 (1720) Suite No. 6 in D major BWV1012 (1720) Sonata in G major BWV1027 (1720) Sonata in D major BWV1028 (1720) Janos Starker (cello) and Gyorgy Sebok (Piano – BWV 1027 & 28) Recorded 15th April 1963 (Suite No.2), 15th and 17th April 1963 (Suite No. 5), 7th September 1965 (Suite No. 1), 7th & 8th September 1965 (Suite No. 6), 21st & 22nd December 1965 (Suites 3 & 4), and 16th April 1963 (Sonatas), in Ballroom Studio A, Fine Recording, New York, U.S.A.
SACD (ADD). MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 470 644-2 [69’08" + 70’28"] [JPh]

A wonderful warmth of feeling which makes for a very satisfying listening experience. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Praeludium und Fuge a-moll BWV 551 [5'42] Praeludium und Fuge G-dur BWV 550 [7'42] Choralbearbeitungen In dir ist Freude BWV 615 [3'00] In dulci Jubilo BWV 729 [2'07] Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein BWV 734 [2'38] Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 738 [2'57] Vater unser in Himmelreich BWV 737 [2'57] Fantasia con Imitatione BWV 563 [3'47] Fuge c-moll BWV 575 [5'00] Kyrie drei Sãtze BWV 672-674 [3'54] Choralbearbeitung Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV 721 [4'09] Ach Gott und Herr BWV 714 [1'03] Christus, der uns selig macht BWV 620 [2'08] Wir glauben all an einen Gott BWV 680 [3'33] Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr BWV 715 [1'57] Praeludium a-moll BWV 569 [4'40] Hans Helmut Tillmanns, organs Rec: Hasselt Cathedral, Belgium, St Laurentius, Merzenich, Germany, Unknown location, March, 2004. DDD DANACORD DACOCD 618 [60'31] [CB]

To today's ears, stodgy and un-interesting ... Not at all recommendable. ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) English Suite No 2 in A minor, BWV807 Partita No 1 in B flat major, BWV825 Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903 Toccata in D major, BWV912 Jill Crossland (piano) recorded in the Old Granary Studio, Norwich, 2 March 2003 CALICO CLASSICS CCCR102 [75'17"] [PL]

This disc is the proverbial curate’s egg: very good in parts, and thought-provoking (make of that what you want) in others ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Organ Works, Vol. 15 Concerto in G, BWV 592 (after Prince Johann Ernst) [7:48] Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650 (from Bach Cantatas) [19:14] Concerto in d, BWV 596 (after Antonio Vivaldi) [11:34] Concerto in a, BWV 593 (after Antonio Vivaldi) [11:34] Aria in F, BWV 587 (after François Couperin) [3:42] Ricercar in c for 6 voices, BWV 1079/5 (after Bach's Musical Offering) [8:32] Gerhard Weinberger, organ Recorded St. Wenzel, Naumburg, Germany, April 2003 CPO 777 018-2 [62:26] [DS]

Weinberger's Bach: sharply contoured and detailed interpretations of tremendous power and severity. ... see Full Review

Samuel BARBER (1910-1981)
Capricorn Concerto (1944) [14:08] A Hand of Bridge (1959) [9:44] Mutations from Bach (1979?) [5:43] Intermezzo from Vanessa (1958) [4:26] Canzonetta for oboe and strings (1978) [8:46] Fadograph of a Yestern Scene (1971) [9:40] Stéphane Rancourt (oboe); John Gracie (trumpet); Karen Jones (flute) Lesley Craigie (sop); Roderick Williams (bass); Louise Winter (mezzo); Simon Wall, (ten) (A Hand of Bridge) Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Marin Alsop Rec. Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 12 May 2000 (Fadograph); 27 Oct 2002 (Intermezzo; Canzonetta); 9 Feb 2003 (Capricorn; Bride; Mutations) NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS 8.559135 [52:58] [IL]

A very worthy conclusion to Alsop’s Barber cycle for Naxos. ... see Full Review

Augustín BARRIOS (1885 - 1944] Guitar Music: Volume 2 Invocación a Mi Madre (1929) [4.29] La Catedral (1921) [7.14] Confesión (1923) [4.35] Canción de la Hilandera (1933) [2.55] Oración (plegaria) [3.50] Madrecita (c.1925) [2.06] La Samaritana (1922) [5.00] El Sueño de la Muñequita (c. 1925) [2.42] Contemplación (1922) [4.29] Oración Para Todos (3.02] Minuet in B (1928) [3.20] Minuet in E (c.1942) [2.55] Minuet in A (1924) [2.05] Minuet in C (c.1942) [1.24] Divagación en imitación al violín (1914) [3.26] Variations on a Theme of Tárrega (1939) [12.26] Enno Voorhorst, guitar Notes in English, German, and French. Recorded St. John’s Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, 27 February 2001 NAXOS 8.555718 [66.57] [PSh]

Quiet, reflective, intriguing classical guitar music. Strongly recommended ... see Full Review

Jeremy BECK (b. 1960) State of the Union (1992) [8:58] Sinfonietta for string orchestra (2000) [16:46] Death of a Little Girl with Doves (1998) [31:18]* Rayanne Dupuis (sop)* Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kirk Trevor rec. 25-28 May 2003, Slovak Radio, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. DDD INNOVA 612 [57:06] [RB]

A lovely disc and one that is likely to leave most listeners keen to hear more from Jeremy Beck ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 [37.49]
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 [24.01] Jascha Heifetz (violin) Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch Rec. Boston, November 27-28, 1955 (Beethoven); February 23, 25, 1959 (Mendelssohn) RCA-BMG LIVING STEREO SACD 82876613912 [62.05] [AR]

Captures the full-bodied warmth of the orchestra but Heifetz comes across as too closely miked sounding at times congested and brittle. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat Op.73 Emperor (1811) Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Robert Wagner, recorded Innsbruck, 1967 Romance Cantabile in E minor H13 Prague Symphony Orchestra/Alberto Zedda, recorded Teatro Angelicum, Milan, 1963 Anton RUBINSTEIN (1829-1894) Konzertstücke for Piano and Orchestra Op.113 (c.1889) Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Helmut Froschauer, recorded Vienna, 1969 Felicja Blumental (piano) with accompaniments as above BRANA BR 0023 [69.08] [JW]

Rubinstein: Blumental’s splendid sense of logic. Tempo good, firm and forward-looking. Bravura unimpeded by technical considerations. A testament to collaborative excellence ... see Full Review

Benno Moiseiwitsch Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No.3 Philharmonia Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent, recorded 1950 Piano Concerto No.5 London Philharmonic Orchestra/George Szell, recorded 1938 Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano) with orchestras and conductors as above NAXOS 8.110776 [71.37][JW]

Number eight in Naxos’s Moiseiwitsch edition takes us to his big Beethoven Concerto recordings made either side of the War with Szell and Sargent. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphonies - No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60 (1806); No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (1808); No. 6 in F, Op. 68, ‘Pastoral’(1808) SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg/Michael Gielen. Rec. Konzerthaus, Freiburg, December 1997 (Nos. 5; 6) and January 2000 (No. 4). DDD EUROARTS 2050639 [114’00] [CC]

Overall, not successor to Volume 1 I had hoped for. Not enough moments of beauty, not enough real grit and not enough vision from the conductor to merit a recommendation. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Complete Music for Cello and Piano Cello Sonata in F major, Op.5 No.1 [23'40] Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.5 No.2 [26'36] Horn Sonata in F minor Op. 17 (transcribed for cello) [13'51] Cello Sonata in A major, Op.69 [24'41] Cello Sonata in C major, Op.102 No.1 [14'31] Cello Sonata in D major, Op.102 No.2 [17'21] 12 Variations on a theme of Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, WoO 45 [11.01] 7 Variations on ‘Bei Männern’, from Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’, WoO 46 [8'12] Miklós Perényi (cello) András Schiff (piano) Recorded at Reitstadel Neumarkt, Dec 2001 and Aug 2002 ECM NEW SERIES 4724012 [76'34 + 74'36] [TH]

More fire and brimstone elsewhere, but the wisdom and sheer good taste of this music-making will have rewards long into the future. ... see Full Review

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Favourite Piano Music Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27, no. 2 ("Moonlight") (14:27) 1 Adagio sostenuto - [5:01]; 2 Allegretto [2:13]; 3 Presto agitato [7:12] 4 Overture To "Fidelio", Op. 72 transcribed by Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870) [6:31] Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 ("Pathétique") (18:45) 5 Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio - Tempo primo; [9:54] ****; 6 Adagio cantabile [4:38]; 7 Rondo (Allegro) [4:12] 8 Seven Variations On "God Save The King", WoO 78 [8:25] Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 ("Appassionata") (23:27) 9 Allegro assai [9:21]; 10 Andante con moto - [6:28]; 11 Allegro ma non troppo - Presto [7:37] Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 ("Pathétique") 12 As track 5 but with "conventional" repeat [8:19] Anthony Goldstone ( piano) **** is the newly recognAnthonyb Goldstone DIVINE ART 25029ised and probably "correct" version of the Pathétique first movement, with a full (rather than simply an exposition) repeat. Played on the Steinway model D at Wisbech Grammar School. October 2004, DDD DIVINE ART 25029 [79:57] [DW]

Fearsomely difficult to play on many counts, but Goldstone is man enough for it. ... see Full Review

Adolf Busch Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D Op 61 (1806) Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Solo Sonata No.3 in C BWV 1005 Adolf Busch (violin) New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Fritz Busch Recorded February 1942 (Concerto) and May 1942 (Solo Sonata) BIDDULPH 80211-2 [62.06] [JW]

Not always technically precise but the sense of arch and architecture is total ... see Full Review

Gustaf BENGTSSON (1886-1965) Violin Concerto in B minor (1941) [31:43] Cello Concerto in A minor (1932) [27:33] Tobias Ringborg (violin) Mats Rondin (cello) Malmö Opera Orchestra/Mats Rondin (Violin Concerto); Tobias Ringborg (Cello Concerto)
Rec. Palladium, Malmö, Sweden. 3-4, 8 June 2004 (Violin Concerto); 1-2 June 2004 (Cello Concerto). DDD STERLING CDS-1063-2 [59:42] [RB]

A companionable pair of concertos that will appeal strongly to romantic nationalists everywhere ... grandly nostalgic and haunting within a received style and none the worse for that ... see Full Review

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869) Requiem - Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (1867) [77.01] Frank Lopardo, tenor Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Robert Spano Recorded in Woodruff Symphony Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 9 November 2003 Notes in English with text in Latin and translation. DSD 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround sound. 2.0 stereo cd tracks. Hybrid SACD also playable on CD players. TELARC SACD 60627 [77.01] [PSh]

A tremendously effective sonic presentation of this difficult and dramatic music. Many will find it the best version ever ... see Full Review

Heinrich Ignaz von BIBER (1644-1704) The Mystery Sonatas (Die Rosenkranz-Sonaten) Scordatura briefly explained [3.45] Andrew Manze (violin) Richard Egarr (organ and harpsichord) Alison McGillivray (cello – Sonata XII) Recorded Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London, January 2003 HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 907321.22 [72.35 + 68.56] [JW]

Much to ponder in these considered and spare readings, which never lack for imagination and virtuosity. Powerfully communicative playing ... see Full Review

Arturo Toscanini – Boito Memorial Arrigo BOITO (1842-1918) Mefistofele - Prologue and Act III Cesare Siepi (bass) - Mefistofele Giacinto Prandelli (tenor) – Faust Herva Nelli (soprano) - Margherita Nerone - Act III and Act IV Scene 2 Cesare Siepi (bass) – Simon Mago Herva Nelli (soprano) – Asteria Frank Guarrera (baritone) – Fanuél Giulietta Simionato (mezzo soprano) – Rubria Giuseppe Nessi (tenor) – Gobrias Ebe Ticozzi (mezzo soprano) - Perside La Scala Chorus and Orchestra 10 June 1948 Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) La Traviata - Prelude and Acts I and III La Scala Orchestra 7-8 August 1951 Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Symphony No. 1 in C op.21 La Scala Orchestra 24 June 1946 Arturo Toscanini conductor on all items GUILD GHCD 2307/8 [67.12 + 71.31] [JW}

The programme is a specialist one but will certainly appeal to those taken by the vibrant Toscanini-Boito connection. ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1876)* [49’33"] Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (1877)** [42’13"] Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (1883)*** [37’34"] Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (1885)*** [40’10"] WDR Sinfonie-Orchester, Köln/Semyon Bychkov Recorded in Kölner Philharmonie *19-24 August, 2002; **5-8 April, 2004; ***13-17 May, 2002; ****20-24 October 2003 DSD Super Audio CD AVIE AV 2051 [3 CDs: 49’33" + 42’13 + 78’07] [JQ]

I have enjoyed these performances very much indeed and look forward to listening to them again in the future just for sheer pleasure. ... see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1877 version, ed. Nowak)* [52’46"] Richard WAGNER (1813-1883) Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music** [25’30"] Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli Rec. Free Trade Hall, Manchester *18 December 1964; **3 October 1969 ADD BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4161-2 [78’40"] [JQ]

There have to be reservations about the sound. That said, Barbirolli admirers will be glad to have this rare opportunity to hear him in a less familiar Bruckner symphony. ... see Full Review

Carlo Maria Giulini in Rehearsal Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No 9 in D minor (1896) Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini Includes a rehearsal and a live concert performance Video Director: Agnes Meth Rec. 1996 location not stated Sound format PCM stereo, Picture format 4:3, Region code 0, Menu and subtitle languages: English, German, French, Spanish ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD 101 065 [123 minutes] [PCW]

This seems to be the first Bruckner Ninth on DVD and is conducted by one of the work’s great exponents. Bravissimo! …see Full Review

Ferruccio Busoni and his Pupils Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue no.1 in C (from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Book I) [03:57], Chorale-Prelude – Rejoice, Beloved Christians (arr. Busoni) [01:55] Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Ecossaise in E flat (arr. Busoni) [01:57] Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Nocturne in F sharp, op.15/2 [03:34], Prelude in A, op.28/7 [01:04], Etude in G flat op.10/5 (two versions) [01:45, 01:53], Etude in E minor, op.25/5 [03:24] Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hungarian Rhapsody no.13 in A minor [06:15] Ferruccio Busoni (piano) Recorded 27th February 1922, London Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Chaconne in D minor, from Partita no. 2 for violin (arr. Busoni) [12:15] Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Albumblatt no.3: in der Art eines Choralvorspiels [04:40], Elegy no.2: All’Italia! In modo napolitano [04:56] Egon Petri (piano) Recorded in New York, June 1945 (Bach) and London 27th September 1938 (Busoni) Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Sonatina no.3: ad usum infantis [05:39], Sonatine no.5: in diem nativitatis Christi [06:02], Sonatine no.6: Chamber Fantasy on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen [06:18] Michael von Zadora (piano) Recorded 1929 (Sonatina 6) and 1938 (others) Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924) Indian Diary, Book 1: Allegro affettuoso, un poco agitato [02:35], Vivace [01:46], Andante [03:22], Maestoso ma andando [02:45] Edward Weiss (piano) Recorded 1952 Transfers by Ward Marston NAXOS 8.110777 [76:02] [JW]

A magnificent performance, powerful and incisive ... see Full Review

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637 - 1707) Membra Jesu Nostri - Cantatas Membra Jesu Nostri Cycle of Seven Sacred Cantatas BuxWV 75 Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn (The Son of God Triumphs Today) BuxWV 43 Martina Bovet (soprano) Maria Cristin Kiehr (soprano) Andreas Scholl (counter-tenor) Gerd Türk (tenor) Ulrich Messthaler (bass) Concerto Vocale/René Jacobs (director) No recording details provided HARMONIA MUNDI MUSIQUE D’ABORD HMA 1951333 [71:52] [MC]

Buxtehude’s sacred music is at last starting to get the exposure that it rightly deserves and this reissue from Harmonia Mundi most ably assists the cause. A release excellently performed and recorded. ... see Full Review

Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707) In dulci Jubilo Kommst du, Licht der Heiden BuxWV 66 [9’44"] Magnificat BuxWV Anh. 1 [7’11"] Wie soll ich dich empfangen BuxWV 109 [7’52"] Ihr lieben Christen freut euch nun BuxWV 51 [11‘00"] Cantate Domino BuxWV 12 [7’57"] Das neugeborne Kindelein BuxWV 13 [6’55"] In dulci Jubilo BuxWV 52 [6’14"] Alleluja BuxWV 43 [2’10"] Vocalensemble Rastatt; Les Favorites/Holger Speck Rec. Altkatholische Aufersterhungskirke, Karlsruhe, 26-30 October 2003 CARUS 83.156 [59’51"] [JQ]

Well worth investigating ... expert and frankly joyful performances. A most enjoyable CD offering a welcome opportunity to experience some less familiar Christmas music. Recommended ... see Full Review


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