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Buxtehude: Seven Sonatas Op. 1 [CD]

Convivium Audio CD

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1. Sonata no. 1 in F major, BuxWV252
2. Sonata no. 2 in G major, BuxWV253
3. Sonata no. 3 in A minor, BuxWV254
4. Sonata no. 4 in B flat major, BuxWV255
5. Sonata no. 5 in C major, BuxWV256
6. Sonata no. 6 in D minor, BuxWV257
7. Sonata no. 7 in E minor, BuxWV258

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Intimate, incisive and sometimes abrasively invigorating playing ... Their interpretations are always imaginative and intelligent, their sense of style matches their technical command and their enthusiasm for the music is infectious (The Strad) Invigorating playing (BBC Music Magazine) [The] players make much of both Buxtehude s deeply expressive moments and brilliant passage work (Goldberg) Wallfisch, Tunnicliffe and Paul Nicholson are highly proficient Baroque musicians (International Record Review) Needless to say, the performances are excellent (Early Music Review) This is a truly exceptional recital, enthusiastically performed, and which finally realise the full potential of these extraordinary compositions (Hi-Fi +) The three performers who make up the ensemble in Convivium are all excellent musicians in their own right, and work very well together. They present a fluid, unified sound, and their playing is very tight --(musicweb.uk.net)

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The rediscovery of the works of the great Danish organist and composer Dietrich Buxtehude occurred as a byproduct of the Bach revival that began in the nineteenth century. At the age of twenty, Bach made his legendary 200-plus mile journey on foot to meet and hear Buxtehude. This evident admiration inspired the Bach revivalists to investigate Buxtehude's organ works, but much of his other music remains almost unknown, although the chamber and clavier music has at last begun to circulate more widely in recent years. Of Buxtehude's twenty-one extant chamber works, seven are presented on this disc. The scoring for violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord identifies these works as belonging to the north German chamber tradition. In Italy, two violins and continuo was the norm for trio writing, but German composers often preferred the contrast of timbre and range that violin and gamba provided. These attractive works were the avant-garde of their day, written in the new stylus phantasticus with emphasis on expression, virtuosity and excitement, incorporating otherwise unusual progressions, hidden ornaments, ingenious turns and embellishments within the music. Performed with Convivium's customarily high standard of grace and expertise, for which they are so renowned.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Expressive and Absorbing Baroque 17 Feb 2008
By David J. Friedlander - Published on Amazon.com
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Just about everyone knows the Bach story about how he walked a great distance to hear the famous keyboardist-composer Dietrict Buxtehude. Some folks tuck the story away. Then there are the curious folks who wonder what it was that inspired Bach to make this journey in the first place. Surely there must be something Buxtehude had that attracted the interest of music's greatest composers. Bach had to get permission to go and he far overstayed the leave he was granted giving the curious even more reason to wonder!

My exposure to Buxtehude started with some organ pieces I got from a bargain website. (translation; bargain bin) At first the music was off putting to me. Real thick sounding organ music is a little too much for my ears and after awhile it starts to moosh together. After a few attempts at listening, the CD ended up on the shelf collecting dust. Years later I was rummaging through my Penguin Guide when I came across a blurb about this recording. It was a very good review with the highest rating. So I took another chance and this time hit gold.

This music is alive. It doesn't sound old or tired. It is very vital and full of fresh turns and interesting harmonic ideas. The expressiveness is immediate and the sound is excellent. The playing is light and the tone of the instruments is sweet, not sour like "authentic" instrument performances can sometimes sound. The music is free spirited and full of creative energy.

Now I have an idea what attracted Bach to take his historic journey to hear this master in person. If anyone else out there is curious about this, I think there is a very good chance this will satisfy you too. Or if you just enjoy hearing Baroque trio sonatas that are highly inventive, played with verve and style, and sound perfect, this would be a good purchase for you also.
5.0 out of 5 stars Airy and alive 3 Nov 2012
By strativarius - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a really great CD. The performance is interesting and alive and the the recording sound is excellent - dynamic and airy.
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