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Penguin Guide, January 2009

BUXTEHUDE: Organ Works (Complete), Vol. 1 8.226002
BUXTEHUDE: Organ Works (Complete), Vol. 2 8.226008
BUXTEHUDE: Organ Works (Complete), Vol. 3 8.226023
BUXTEHUDE: Organ Works (Complete), Vol. 4 6.220514 

A collaboration between Danish Radio and Dacapo, these four issues are part of a complete survey of the organ works, using different organs. The discs are authoritatively annotated with details of registration, and with music-type illustrations for the choral harmonization. Bine Bryndorf studied in Vienna, Boston and Paris, and collected various prizes in Bruges and Innsbruck. Listening to these vividly recorded and expertly balanced programmes leaves no double as to her artistry and intelligence, and the discs provide an admirable start to the series. These discs reaffirm the quality of Buxtehude’s musical invention (which had a profound influence on Bach) and imagination.

David Vernier

Rated 10/10

The 17th-century term given to this sort of "free and unrestrained method of composing" was stylus phantasticus, but a couple of centuries later it certainly would have been referred to as simply psychedelic--or perhaps "stylus psychedelicus"? Whatever it's called, it's a pleasure to hear, and Bryndorf shows herself to be the perfect advocate for and interpreter of these all-too-rarely-heard pieces. The sound is vibrant, full-bodied, and dynamically wide yet preserves a realistic sense of the church's interior space--just what we expect from an organ recording. Dacapo not only provides excellent notes and organ specifications but even lists details of Bryndorf's actual registrations for each piece. Wonderful!

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