A gorgeous and stylish performance
Jennifer Chou | Australia | 05/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The interpretation in this recording is stunningly beautiful, stylish and elegant. An excellent collection of some of the most beautiful sacred cantatas of Buxtehude is presented, all performed superbly. The organ Fuga, although seems to have no particular logic in the disc, is elegantly played, and serves as some sort of an interlude between the cantatas Mein Herz ist bereit and Cantata Domino. I have not checked the keys of each piece, but it seems that the cantatas were mostly performed in Chorton, as they would most likely have been done in Luebeck in Buxtehude's time. The performance of the Purcell Quartet alone deserves the purchase of the disc, not to mention the beautiful baroque voices of Suzie LeBlanc, Emma Kirkby, and Peter Harvey. The CD booklet has comprehensive information about Buxtehude and the works included, translations of cantatas in three languages, biographies and photos of the soloists and the Purcell Quartet. A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED recording."