Buxtehude: Complete Trio Sonatas
For this recording of music by Buxtehude, 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 the gambist Jonathan Manson. Although Dietrich Buxtehude is famous above all for his organ music and cantatas, and for the long journey the young 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 comprimising seven sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and bassoo continuo. It is the works of the first collection - designated Op. 1 in the print - that Arcangelo has recorded here. These sonatas are characterized by prnounced experimental features in both the scoring and the handling of the instruments.