“Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas Op.1”, New Album from Arcangelo Out Friday 7th July
French record label Alpha Classics releases the newest recording of Dietrich Buxtehude’s music on Friday 7th July. For Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas Op.1, conductor, cellist and keyboardist Jonathan Cohen, founder of the ensemble Arcangelo, is joined by a distinguished trio, including two regulars on the Alpha label, Sophie Gent and Thomas Dunford, alongside gambist Jonathan Manson.
Although Dietrich Buxtehude is famous for his organ music and cantatas, as well as for the 250 mile walk a young JS Bach undertook to meet him, his chamber music is virtually unknown. In the mid-1690’s, at the height of his fame, Buxtehude published two collections in rapid succession, each comprising seven sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo. It is the works of the first collection (1694) designated Opus 1 in the print that Arcangelo has recorded here. These sonatas are characterised by pronounced experimental features in both the scoring and the handling of the instruments.
Buxtehude: Trio Sonatas Op.1 is available 7 July 2017 on Alpha Classics.