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Complete Works 10/Organ Works 5
The tenth part of Buxtehude's complete works, and the fifth and final part of the organ works, containing free and chorale-based compositions. This album also contains the complete organ works of Buxtehude's most gifted pu... more »
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The tenth part of Buxtehude's complete works, and the fifth and final part of the organ works, containing free and chorale-based compositions. This album also contains the complete organ works of Buxtehude's most gifted pupil Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697), who further developed Buxtehude's way of composing. The organ is one of only two surviving organs by Erasmus Bielfeldt, and has been restored on the basis of the great organ building art of the baroque in 1990 by Ahrend.
Paul Van de Water | Virginia, USA | 05/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These two discs constitute the tenth volume in Ton Koopman's series devoted to the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) and the fifth and final installment of Buxtehude's organ works. They are recorded on the organ at St. Wilhaldi in Stade, Germany, near Hamburg. The organ is a fine north German instrument that slightly post-dates Buxtehude's time--having been built by Erasmus Biefeldt in the 1730s and restored by Jurgen Ahrend in 1990. The album contains nine freely composed preludes in the virtuosic "stylus phantasticus," written for large organ with at least two manuals and pedal, plus eleven chorale-based works. One of the latter--the Te Deum, BuxWV 218--is described by Kerala Snyder as "one of [Buxtehude's] grandest and certainly his longest keyboard work." As a bonus Koopman includes four pieces that represent the complete surviving organ music of Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697), perhaps Buxtehude's most gifted student (excluding, of course, Bach, who spent three months with Buxtehude in 1705). Koopman's enthusiasm makes the music come alive and reveals Buxtehude as far more than Bach's greatest predecessor. The recording captures the organ and its venue with utmost clarity and realism. Few recent discs have given me such enjoyment."