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Fine new album of Buxtehude’s sacred cantatas

I keep an eye on the classic charts, and recently noticed at this week’s #14 spot an album entitled Buxtehude: Abendmusiken (Evening Music | Amazon). I was glad I did, so I pass it along to you too.

Performed by the vocal ensemble Vox Luminis led by Olivier Fortin, the recording features a fine selection of Buxtehude’s sacred cantatas alongside some of wonderfully played his instrumental pieces. Accompanying Vox Luminis are Lionel Meunier and the Ensemble Masques.

From recordings by Junghanel’s Cantus Colln and Immerseel’s Collegium Vocale, I’m grown to love Buxtehude’s cantatas, especially “Jesu, meine Freude” (“Jesus, Priceless Treasure,” BuxW 60), “Herzlich Lieb hab’ ich dich, O Herr” (“Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart,” BuxW 14), and “Jesu, meines Lebens Leben” (“Christ, the Life of All the Living,” BuxW 62). I know the hymns; they’re excellent in their own right. Buxtehude’s settings of these rich expressions of Christian devotion shine and sparkle with life in the hands of these skilled musicians.

If this “trips your trigger,” you should also check out Vox Luminis’s acclaimed recording of Reformation music: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott: Luther and the Music of the Reformation (Spotify | Amazon).

Cross posted on Immoderate.

About Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Granite Falls, Minnesota. Prior to that, he served as the associate pastor of Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is on the board of directors of Religious Affections Ministries. Ryan received his undergraduate degree at Northland Baptist Bible College, and has received further training from Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis, Minn. (M.Div., 2004; Ph.D., 2013). He was ordained in 2009 at Bible Baptist Church of Elk River, Minn. (now Otsego, Minn.). He has a wife and children too. Ryan is the associate editor of Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). He contributed to the Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 2017) and is the author of Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: "The High Exercises of Divine Love" (T&T Clark, 2018).

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