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We are drawing excitingly close to the beginning of the rehearsal period for our next set of recordings in October: Buxtehude’s Seven Trio Sonatas, Op. 1 and a collection of M.A Charpentier’s sacred music, including his Litanie de la Vierge H. 83, Magnificat H. 73 and three of his Leçons de Ténèbres.
Remembered chiefly for his keyboard works, the brilliance of Buxtehude’s chamber music has gone largely unnoticed since his death. Combining the florid, extempore style one might normally associate with the toccatas of Frescobaldi or violin music of H.I.F Biber with a North German aptitude for complex and driving counterpoint, the Trio Sonatas of Op. 1 are a fine example of why Buxtehude was so admired by a young J.S Bach, and why he deserves better recognition as one of the most ingenious and original composers of the Baroque.The sacred music of M.A Charpentier remains likewise unknown outside early music circles. Having studied in Rome with the great Giacomo Carissimi before returning to work for the Guise family in his native France, his style embodies the eloquence and grandeur of French music of his time with the pathos and daring harmonic originality of Italian composers writing long before his birth. The benefit to his sacred chamber music is incalculable: in the works featured in this release, from the solemn Leçons de Ténèbres to the monumental Magnificat in passacaille, his music is imbued with an unwavering vivacity and profundity that warrants them a place alongside the best-known sacred works of the period.
The realisation of our projects is only made possible by the generosity of our friends. To complete our current project, we are tasked with raising £20,000 by the end of October to create a truly groundbreaking set of recordings to rival the successes achieved, with the help of our supporters, in 2015.While we have been delighted with the level of support already received, there is still time to become involved. By way of thanks, all supporters will receive written acknowledgment in the accompanying liner notes to their chosen project, updates on our progress, and an invitation to one of our receptions.
If you would like further information on supporting the project, please contact Adam Swann at Adam@arcangelo.org.uk