No words are adequate to describe this incredible recording. Often with complete works, a particular track rises above all others. But not here, each piece is faultless. Harald Vogel is the master of Buxtehude's organ works. His playing is very rich in colour and warmth, so expressive without being harsh. The North German Organs featured have that softness in voice, which is similar to English organs.
Passage of time together with the vicissitudes of history have necessitated restoration of these organs. But one organ basically remains extant, as it was in Buxtehude's time and maybe he played it? It reposes in the St. Jakobi Church Lubeck. The acoustics of this church befits this organ and on disc 1, when you hear Vogel play BuxVW 138/199/212/213/192/185/142 and BuxVW 178 is more or less the same sound, that the church goers would have heard over 320 years ago. In a certain sense, when you listen to these tracks, you are transported back in time!
An interesting perspective is, that to fully appreciate J.S. Bach's organs works, it is imperative to first listen to Buxtehude. Then you can see what the former wished for, and where he is coming from, when he composed his wonderful oeuvre for Organ.
To fully understand this recording, it is necessary to read the liner notes, which are comprehensive. It is impossible to be critical of Vogel's playing, because where Buxtehude is concerned, Harald Vogel shall be the benchmark. Credit must also be awarded to MDG for an impeccable and technically correct recording. This is one of the finest, which I have ever listened to.