A disc that includes just three-and-a-half minutes’ worth of the delectable Maria Cristina Kiehr sounds like tantalization taken a step too far. Yet, as so often with Alpha, a theme lies behind this apparently disparate collection, although you’d have to be a Buxtehude scholar to spot it from the list of contents. The clue is in the word “Ciaconna” in the disc’s title, “Ciaccona: il mondo che gira.” Got there yet? Well, the answer is that all these works include an ostinato, or repeated bass pattern.
Dietrich Buxtehude is probably most familiar to modern classical music audiences as the man who inspired the young Johann Sebastian Bach to make a lengthy pilgrimage to Lubeck, Buxtehude's place of employment and residence for most of his life, just to hear Buxtehude play the organ. But Buxtehude was a major figure among German Baroque composers in his own right.
Although written for the configuration of two violins and continuo, Dietrich Buxtehude's Seven Sonatas, Op. 1, are not trio sonatas in the usual sense. They refer back to the older type of Italian ensemble sonata, with contrasting short sections following in rapid succession rather than the three- or four-movement sonata or dance suite types. Buxtehude came at the end of this tradition, which by 1694, when these sonatas were first published, was beginning to give way to newer Italian types in points further south.
This is a genuinely heart warming recital of chamber music from the latter part of the 17th century by the north German masters Johann Adam Reinken and Dietrich Buxtehude, both among the influences on the young J.S. Bach. The two were great friends and shared compositional tastes. Melody is not the issue here, neither is the extroverted passion of Italian composers of the period. This is more the animated conversation of friends sitting around the fire discussing various topics after a good meal.
This set of CD is EMI's ultra-low-cost boxed series, although the ultra-low prices, but this series there are still many excellent recordings, such as Ke Luotan's Beethoven Symphony Complete Works, Chiclini's Saty Piano works and so on. In this set of Mahler songs, it is worth noting that Teng Shi Te Te Te's "song of the earth", in its symphony is not included. In addition, the Baker Jazz singing "Luke Te song" and Fisher - Di Si test and Barenboim cooperation piano version of "Junior Magic" is also a very good version. But unfortunately did not include Canta "lament the song", but rather repeated the collection of the symphony of Teng Tate's total in the first 2,3,4 contains vocal movement, so it can not be called A song collection.