New Classics

Diderich ‘Hansen’ Buxtehude (1637–1707) was born in Denmark, and was active as an organist, composer, and cultural entrepreneur in Denmark and Sweden as well as in Germany, where he became known as Dieterich Buxtehude. He grew up in Helsingør, Denmark, and served as organist in Helsingborg (now in Sweden) and Helsingør before accepting one of the most prestigious musical positions in North Germany, that of organist at St. Mary’s Church, Lübeck, in 1668. During his nearly forty years of service there he achieved fame not only as an organist but also as the composer and director of a concert series known as the Lübeck Abendmusiken. Although he left an impressive corpus of arias, sacred concertos, and cantatas for voices with instruments as well as two printed editions of sonatas for strings, it is chiefly his organ works that captured the attention of performers both in his day and in our own. Marking the tercentenary of Buxtehude’s death, this CD features fine new performances of thirteen of the great baroque master’s organ works, recorded by David Hamilton and played on the Aubertin organ at the University of Aberdeen. David Hamilton studied at the University of Glasgow, the North-German Organ Academy and Zwolle Conservatory, and has performed throughout western Europe as well as in North America and Russia. He has a particular interest in music of the north-German Baroque (Sweelinck-Buxtehude) and this album makes an excellent introduction to a composer who paved the way for the great J S Bach.