Dietrich Buxtehude was regarded as one of the greatest composers of his time and many musicians came from all over Europe to listen to him and also to learn important instructions that would serve them in their later careers.
It was said that even the great J.S. Bach traveled hundreds of miles just to hear Buxtehude play. His abilities on the organ were legendary and his compositional knowledge was the cause of amazement and admiration.
The 12 trio sonatas, Op. 1 and 2 recorded on these two separate discs include some of the composer's most beautiful chamber music, and they are the only works from all his pieces composed that were ever printed.
L'Estravagante play with impressive commitment and persuasive artistry, and in their hands, the music shines in all its radiant simplicity. To my mind, these interpretations hold the answer to why Buxtehude's contemporaries found these works so fascinating. The high quality sound and informative notes complete two superlative additions to the Buxtehude canon.
Copyright © 2008, Gerald Fenech