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Buxtehude - Membra Jesu Nostri [CD]

Dietrich Buxtehude , René Jacobs , Concerto Vocale Audio CD
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  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Composer: Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Audio CD (9 Jun 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Musique D'abord
  • ASIN: B00009IC6I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ad Pedes
2. Ad Genua
3. Ad Manus
4. Ad Latus
5. Ad Pectus
6. Ad Cor
7. Ad Faciem
8. Heut Triumphieret Gottes Sohn

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly beautiful 8 Aug 2007
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I hadn't listened to much Buxtehude until I started playing some of his organ pieces last year. I got on well with them, and could understand why Bach would make a long journey to get to hear Buxtehude play. But this is even more magical - a compelling, passionate piece of writing, with movements entitled 1) To his feet, 2) To his knees, 3) To his hands, 4) To his side, 5) To his breast, 6) to his heart, 7 To his countenance. The CD finishes with a bright rendition of Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn. This recording is impeccable - I will keep coming back to it. My dream concert would include the Membra Jesu Nostri and Biber's Mystery Sonatas. At the prices here this is an absolute bargain, and a great gift for yourself or a friend...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The Membra Jesu Nostri was recorded in 1990 by members of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the CD was re-released by Harmonia Mundi in 2003. In 2005, however, most of the original participants were gathered together again and this time the performance was issued on DVD. In 1990, the singers were on the cusp of their international careers and to bring them back together 15 years later (with the exception of Martina Bovet in 1990, Rosa Dominguez in 2005) was a truly inspired idea. Two questions spring immediately to mind:

* How does the 2005 recording contrast with that of 15 years earlier?
* What does the DVD bring?

In answer to the first, good as the 1990 recording was, the 2005 version is even better, in a dozen infinitesimal ways. It has a new intensity which stems perhaps from the maturer technique of the singers - certainly it is a work where expression comes from control and a certain containment - but there is more to it than just experience; the singers sound a shade more relaxed, easy with each other, all at the very top of their game, nothing left to prove, all of which serve to focus attention on the work itself.

Maria Cristina Kiehr's move to first soprano is a natural and entirely beneficial progression. Her crystal-clear, soaring voice is so well supported by Rosa Dominguez's second, and both voices work wonderfully well with Andreas Scholl's strong but graceful alto line. Ulrich Messthaler's bass is even smoother and richer than it was in 1990. In fact, it is difficult to imagine a better quintet of soloists. Their individual voices suit this work so very well but they also dovetail together in a way The Sixteen might admire, which can't be all that easy for singers more accustomed these days to solo repertoire.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars memorable recording 30 Dec 2011
By jane
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This is superb : the blend of voices and instruments is perfectly balanced,under the masterful guidance of the great Rene Jacobs.
These Lutheran cantatas have an austere style,yet are joyous and uplifting:a real pleasure to listen to-especially through headphones!
Wonderful soloists: Maria-Cristina Kiehr;Andreas Scholl;Martina Bovet;Gerd Turk;Ulrich Messthaler .
This disc is available at just £4.99 and is now one of my most treasured recordings.
Recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't lose 20 July 2005
By Lukas Hodorovsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been feverishly collecting harmonia mundi albums for a while now. Although I recommend this label in general, i gambled on this cd because there was no review before me and no way to hear the tracks. I bought this cd because Musique D'abord is inexpensive and general of no lesser quality than its pricer sibling, Harmonia Mundi. I absolutely love this cd! It's vastly different from the Bach cantatas I have been listening to nonstop for several months. I find this music very spiritually contemplative and emotionally charged. You can get lost in the harmonies and WOW that bass in track 4. If you love early music but aren't sure where to begin, this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lèse-majesté 26 Jan 2009
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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Monarchy and monotheism are 'Siamese twins,' conjoined at the breast and sharing a single heart. If there's anything the history of the past two hundred fifty years has proven, it's that no surgery can successfully separate them. We music lovers are essentially still monarchists and monotheists; we have enshrined our monarchs and we tend to guard their sanctity with our listening lives.

JS Bach's coronation as the supreme deity of German Baroque was not unpolitical; the cabal of king-makers were chiefly North German Lutheran nationalist musicologists. In no way do I wish to dethrone Bach. Bach is incomparable, and yet not beyond comparison. I'm sure I'll be accused of treason and heresy, but to my democratic ears the music of Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) compares quite well with that of the 50-years younger composer who walked all the way across Germany just to hear him play the organ. For most of the 20th Century, and for the majority of music lovers today, the adulation of Bach has precluded the recognition that Buxtehude, Fux, Pachelbel, and others deserve in the pantheon of major composers.

"Membra Jesu Nostri" is a cycle of seven concertante cantatas for five voices and chamber orchestra, based on mystical devotional Latin poems by Bernard of Clairvaux. Each cantata pays devotion to a 'member' of the crucified Messiah's body: feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart, and face. The whole cycle reminds me strongly of Joseph Haydn's sublime "Seven Last Words," written a hundred years later. Both works are sustained expressions of awe and reverence, composed entirely in meditative adagio tempi yet without sounding the least bit sluggish or maudlin. Though Buxtehude was a Dane who spent his entire career in a small triangle of North Germany and Denmark, his vocal music was thoroughly cosmopolitan, far more so than the devoutly provincial Bach. "Membra Jesu Nostri" is utterly Italianate in expression, revealing very clearly Buxtehude's inheritance of the style of Heinrich Schütz.

There are multiple recordings of "Membra Jesu Nostri" available, including a choral performance by The Sixteen. This music, in my opinion, must be sung one on a part, as it is on this CD by René Jacobs and Concerto Vocale. The five singers must be both artful soloists and cohesive ensemblists. Sopranos Martina Bovet and Maria Kiehr, haute-contre Andreas Scholl, tenor Gerd Türk, and basse Ulrich Messthaler fill both roles preternaturally. There are some strikingly forward-looking harmonic passages, especially in "Ad Cor" (to the Heart), which demand absolutely perfect pitch control, at 'chorton' mean temperament. but this ensemble is up to the task and more. Recorded in 1990, this performance should have become a classic; I'm grateful to Harmonia Mundi for re-releasing it in the economical 'musique d'abord' series, and with full texts! There is also a DVD available, conducted by Jacobs, which may be exactly the same performance though I haven't examined it. Either format will serve, I promise, to democratize your sense of musical genius.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So lovely! 2 Dec 2009
By SRS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am not a big connoisseur of this sort of music. While I have some Bach that I adore and have listened to for many years, baroque music has never been my interest. I mostly listen to late Romanticism and post-Romantic pieces.

This piece, and the performance, is lovely from the first minute to the last. The recording space/sonority is just right, with a long trailing reverberation that enhances, not muddles, the notes.

This is an excellent choice for background music during Christmas family gatherings, as well for for serious listening.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buxtehud 27 Mar 2010
By Pramual Chutikamontham - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderfully performed on this not to my acquainted composition. I'm glad it received a 5-star review and that I've followed the rating.
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