Buxtehude: Sonatas Op. 1

Composer: Dietrich Buxtehude
Solist: Stefano Montanari, Rodney Prada, Maurizio Salerno
Orchestra: L'Estravagante
Genre: Baroque
Label: SACD
Booklet with lyrics/libretto: no
CDs / Unit: 1
Cat-Nr.: 47731-8
Total Time: 60:30
Recording Date: 8.-10.11.06 + 8.-11.01.07
Technology: Hybrid: 5+1 surround and stereo high resolution (DSD technique) + stereo CD layer
Release Date: 01.12.2007

Description

Dieterich Buxtehude is certainly one of the greatest composers of his time. Other musicians and composers like the young Johann Sebastian Bach came from all over Europe to listen to and to learn from him. His virtuosi abilities on the organ and his knowledge of compositions were legendary.

The six trio-sonatas op. 1 now recorded by the ensemble L'Estravagante are a remarkable example of Buxtehudes most beautiful chamber music. Together with the trio-sonatas op. 2 those works are his only compositions that were ever printed.

The recording on hand shows in a most fascinating way that the compositions, 300 years after the death of this imposing composer, still manage to impress its listeners. However this is also because of the beautiful interpretation of the renowned ensemble L'Estravagante with its well known musicians Stefano Montanari, Rodney Prada and Maurizio Salerno.

See also the second SACD "Sonata Op. 2" (ARTS 47732-8).

Table of MP3 Tracks

No. Tracktitle Tracktime Price put into basket  
Disc 1
1
Vivace - Lento
Sonata I in F Major BuxWV 252
02.18 0,99 €
2
Allegro - Adagio
Sonata I in F Major BuxWV 252
02.52 0,99 €
3
Andante - Grave
Sonata I in F Major BuxWV 252
02.40 0,99 €
4
Presto
Sonata I in F Major BuxWV 252
01.36 0,99 €
5
Lento - Vivace
Sonata II in G Major BuxWV 253
03.02 0,99 €
6
Adagio - Allegro
Sonata II in G Major BuxWV 253
01.41 0,99 €
7
Largo - Arioso
Sonata II in G Major BuxWV 253
05.59 2,00 €
8
Largo - Arioso
Sonata III in A Minor BuxWV 254
01.47 0,99 €
9
Allegro
Sonata III in A Minor BuxWV 254
01.43 0,99 €
10
Lento - Vivace - Largo
Sonata III in A Minor BuxWV 254
04.29 0,99 €
11
Presto - Adagio
Sonata III in A Minor BuxWV 254
02.12 0,99 €
12
Vivace
Sonata IV in B Flat Major BuxWV 255
04.31 0,99 €
13
Lento - Allegro
Sonata IV in B Flat Major BuxWV 255
03.14 0,99 €
14
Vivace
Sonata V in C Major BuxWV 256
01.31 0,99 €
15
Sonata V in C Major BuxWV 256
02.08 0,99 €
16
Largo - Allegro
Sonata V in C Major BuxWV 256
02.33 0,99 €
17
Adagio - Allegro
Sonata V in C Major BuxWV 256
02.41 0,99 €
18
Grave - Allegro
Sonata VI in D Minor BuxWV 257
02.13 0,99 €
19
Con discretione - Adagio
Sonata VI in D Minor BuxWV 257
02.26 0,99 €
20
Vivace - Adagio
Sonata VI in D Minor BuxWV 257
01.20 0,99 €
21
Poco Presto - Poco adagio - Presto - Lento
Sonata VI in D Minor BuxWV 257
02.28 0,99 €
22
Allegro - Largo
Sonata VII in E Minor BuxWV 258
02.26 0,99 €
23
Presto - Vivace - Adagio
Sonata VII in E Minor BuxWV 258
02.26 0,99 €
24
Poco Presto - Lento - Prestissimo
Sonata VII in E Minor BuxWV 258
02.15 0,99 €

Reviews:

MusicWeb International, June 2009 (01.06.2009)


These are, indeed, performances which any admirer of Buxtehude ought to hear. Harpsichordist Maurizio Salerno prompts and supports superbly, and the interplay between violinist Stefano Montari (L’Estravagante make no use of a second violinist as employed by some ensembles in this music) and gambist Rodney Prada seems almost intuitive in its exactness and fluidity. (…) L’Etravagante seem in utter sympathy with the requirements and (just as important) the possibilities of the music. (Glyn Pursglove)

Read the complete review here.

Turok's Choice, October 2008 (01.10.2008)


47731-8 und 47732-8: The playing is very florid (…).

American Record Guide, Sept./Oct. 2008 (30.09.2008)


47731-8 und 47732-8: (…) beautifully performed by Stephano Montanari (violin), Rodney Prada (viola da gamba), and Maurizio Salerno (harpsichord). (Loewen)

Toccata, 38/2008 (15.09.2008)


47731-8 und 47732-8: (...) here everything isright. In the solo passages, the first two [Stefano Montanari (violin), Rodney Prada (gamba)] show their virtuosity, while the latter [Maurizio Salerno (harpsichord)] arranges the basso continuo exquisitely. The ensemble's sound is very pleasant, and with a very precise articulation and clear dynamic accents a very expressive and meaningful interpretation has been formed.

MusicWeb International, July 2008 (24.07.2008)


47731-8 und 47732-8: (…) these are very impressive and expressive interpretations of Buxtehude's splendid sonatas. (Johan van Veen)

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Classical Net (24.07.2008)


47731-8 und 47732-8: L'Estravagante play with impressive commitment and persuasive artistry, and in their hands, the music shines in all its radiant simplicity. To my mind, these interpretations hold the answer to why Buxtehude's contemporaries found these works so fascinating. The high quality sound and informative notes complete two superlative additions to the Buxtehude canon. (Gerald Fenech)

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Read also the reviews by Raymond Tuttle: http://www.classical.net/music/recs/reviews/a/ats47731a.php and http://www.classical.net/music/recs/reviews/a/ats47732b.php

SA-CD.net (18.07.2008)


(…) it is well played and recorded and thus of interest to those collecting baroque music on SACD. (John Miller)

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Audiophile Audition (02.07.2008)


5 Stars. These pieces feature remarkable technical complexities, furious virtuosity, an unending reservoir of thoughtful melodic turns, and very warm, burnished scoring. (...) this is a must-have baroque issue in hi-res surround. (Steven Ritter)

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pizzicato, 4/2008 (01.04.2008)


47731-8 und 47732-8: "Supersonic Award" from pizzicato 4/2008 (PiRath)

Classical Net (20.03.2008)


Art's (…) release offers this music in warm, spontaneous performances by the three musicians of L'Estravagante, and I played this disc many times in a row without getting tired of either the music or the musicianship. (Raymond Tuttle)

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