BUXTEHUDE: Complete Works for Organ, Vol. 5 – Bine Bryndorf, Organ – Dacapo

by | Sep 26, 2007 | SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews | 0 comments

BUXTEHUDE: Complete Works for Organ, Vol. 5 – Bine Bryndorf, Organ – DaCapo Multichannel SACD – 6.220520, 67 mins. *****:

Danish organist and composer Dietrich Buxtehude was a highly influential figure, especially on the young J. S. Bach, but very little is known about the man, as he is barely noted in any of the writings of those who documented his own and succeeding generations. None of his organ works were published during his lifetime, and only survived because of the diligent efforts of notables such as Gustav Duben, who was the chapel master to the King of Sweden, and in his library saw to the preservation of copies of manuscripts made by both Bach and Johann Gottfried Walther.

Danish organist Bine Bryndorf is currently engaged in a full traversal of the organ works of Buxtehude, and this disc, the fifth in the series, is comprised of preludes mixed with choral selections. Ms. Bryndorf is a superb organist, and I was extremely pleased upon first listen to this disc to confirm that the instrument chosen was of the full-bodied variety. Many of Buxtehude’s works are simply noted in the manuscripts as keyboard works, and are often performed on harpsichord and much smaller organs – but these works demand bravura performances! By the way, the organ, from St. Jacobi’s Church in Hamburg, was completely disassembled in 1944 and placed in an air-raid shelter, and was thus preserved from the bombings of World War II. The organ was reassembled after the war, and was given a complete restoration in 1993, exactly three-hundred years after its inauguration!

This disc is a tour-de-force in every respect – the performances are magnificent, and the multichannel surround recording is equally impressive. While I found the disc offered a very cerebral listening experience, it could also come in handy if you need to break your lease or drive away unwanted neighbors and company. Very highly recommended!

         Praeludium in D Major, BuxWV 139
         Danket dem Herrn, denn er ist sehr freundlich, BuxWV 181
         Ich dank dir, lieber Herre, BuxWV 194
         Magnificat Noni Toni, BuxWV 205
         Magnificat Primi Toni, BuxWV 203
         Praeludium in F sharp Minor, BuxWV 146
         Te Deum laudamus, BuxWV 218
         Ach Gott und Herr, BuxWV 177
         Ich dank dir schon durch deinen Sohn, BuxWV 195
         Nun lob mein Seel’ den Herren, BuxWV 213
         Praeludium in D Minor, BuxWV 140

– Tom Gibbs

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