Ricercar Consort – Philippe Pierlot conductor – Maria Keohane soprano – Hanna Bayodi-Hirt soprano – Carlos Mena contralto – Jeffrey Thompson tenor – Matthias Vieweg bass
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 Dietrich Buxtehude
Gott hilf mir, BUXWV 34 Dietrich Buxtehude
Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) was a gifted composer and organist ̶ it is said that Johann Sebastian Bach travelled three hundred kilometres to hear him play. Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri (1680) occupies a special place in the Protestant liturgical practice. The cycle of seven cantatas was developed each around a different part of Christ’s crucified body – feet, knees, hands, sides, breast, heart and face. Buxtehude’s music is subdued and poignant with occasional outbursts of mystical ecstasy and passion. The cycle’s splendid sensuality is reminiscent of Monteverdi’s last madrigals or a combination of Bach’s Lutheran Masses and his future cantatas.