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BUXTEHUDE: Trio Sonatas; manuscripts d’Uppsala – La Reveuse – Mirare

BUXTEHUDE: Trio Sonatas; manuscripts d’Uppsala – La Reveuse – Mirare

BUXTEHUDE: Trio Sonatas; manuscripts d’Uppsala – La Reveuse – Mirare 303, 69:25 (4/14/17) *****: (Stephan Dudermil – violin/ Florence Bolton – viola da gamba/ Benjamin Perrot – theorbo/ Emily Audouin – gamba/ Carsten Lohff – harpsichord/ Sebstien Wonner – organ) Unpublished trio sonatas of Buxtehude played with passion and precision. The legend is familiar. A young man named Johann Sebastian, leaving behind work and family responsibilities, journeys on foot 200 miles to see the great Buxtehude. He stands rapt beside the master, whose discourse illuminates the young disciple. He returns home, head buzzing with new ideas which are not immediately well received by his provincial congregation. The tale has the arc of a folk-tale, and as a historical anecdote, it gives us a nice view of Bach’s unfathomable origins. However, it doesn’t help us position Buxtehude in his age. This composer is best seen as an apogee and finest flowering of a specific musical culture and period rather than an antecedent to the singular Bach. The Hanseatic cities of the Baltic represented a unique development of urbanity and political economy. Facing outward towards England, they flourished by means of the maritime trade and cultural exchange. In the Ratskeller across these […]