BUXTEHUDE – Membra Jesu Nostri – Cantus Colln – Konrad Junghanel, conductor – Harmonia Mundi

by | Jun 30, 2006 | Classical CD Reviews | 0 comments

BUXTEHUDE – Membra Jesu Nostri – Cantus Colln – Konrad Junghanel, conductor – Harmonia Mundi HMC 901912, 74 min. ***:

This Redbook CD of a rarely performed Buxtehude cantata cycle was released on the same day as a competing multichannel SACD from Channel Classics with the same marquee work. For a historical perspective on Buxtehude, please see that review in the SACD section. The cantata cycle “Membra Jeus Nostri” is composed of seven sections; each section is a meditation following an imaginary observation of Christ’s crucified body, starting with his feet and proceeding to each successive section as the viewer’s eyes move upward. The work is widely considered a precursor to Bach’s (and many other composers) passions.

The Harmonia Mundi release is superbly staged, and in stereo-only terms, is highly competitive with the Channel Classics disc. The performers and soloists are also superb – it really just boils down to personal preference. I personally preferred the multichannel SACD, but for two-channel listeners, the choice is a tough one.  Recommended.

— Tom Gibbs

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