Buxtehude: Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1

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1 Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BuxWV 139: Prelude 00:05:52 88/24 Album only
2 Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BuxWV 185 00:01:54 88/24 Album only
3 Toccata in G Major, BuxWV 164 00:03:20 88/24 Album only
4 Danket dem Herrn, BuxWV 181 00:03:27 88/24 Album only
5 Passacaglia in D Minor, BuxWV 161 00:05:40 88/24 Album only
6 Canzonetta in A Minor, BuxWV 225 00:01:45 88/24 Album only
7 Prelude in F Major, BuxWV 144: Praeludium in F Major, BuxWV 144 00:02:59 88/24 Album only
8 Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BuxWV 180 00:03:58 88/24 Album only
9 Prelude in E Minor, BuxWV 143 00:05:12 88/24 Album only
10 Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV 212 00:03:21 88/24 Album only
11 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184 00:03:33 88/24 Album only
12 Mensch, willst du leben seliglich, BuxWV 206 00:02:33 88/24 Album only
13 Canzonetta in D Minor, BuxWV 168 00:04:07 88/24 Album only
14 Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 204 00:03:31 88/24 Album only
15 Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV 205 00:03:20 88/24 Album only
16 Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179 00:05:02 88/24 Album only
17 Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV 188 00:08:59 88/24 Album only

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Simone Stella, organ

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707): Preludes, Magnificat, Prelude-Chorales and other works

Buxtehude’s organ music is not only a fascinating precursor of his great admirer J.S. Bach but a body of work full of energy and beauty in its own right, a pinnacle of the early-Baroque Protestant aesthetic. Strict and florid counterpoint, lying at the centre of Bach’s style, is less important here; rather we can hear vibrant and directly illustrative responses to the texts which lie behind the chorales and instrumental versions of canticles such as the Magnificat and Te Deum. The toccatas and fugues are generally shorter and punchier than the mature Bach’s examples, and overall solemnity is generally eschewed in favour of exuberant virtuosity.

These characteristics fit well the mastery of Simone Stella, whose set of Buxtehude’s harpsichord music has already proved him a doughty advocate of the composer. As BBC Music Magazine remarked, “here we have an Italian eager to touch base with his inner Teuton, as Stella sets well-ordered lucidity above unfettered flamboyance.

The recording, a perfect-stereo one, with totally absence of any mastering effects nor equalisation, has obtained a lot of prizes around the world's music magazines including the 5 "diapason" mark.

Recorded at: Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate, Padova, 2011
Engineer: Alessandro Simonetto