Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri

One of the best Baroque choral works performed by Europe's foremost early music artists.

One of the best Baroque choral works performed by Europe’s foremost early music artists.

While Terje Bjørklund has his personal interpretation of Membra Jesu Nostri patiensis sanctissima by Dietrich Buxtehude (16371707) in Nidaros Cathedral, this concert in Church of Our Lady stays close to how the work was originally performed. In English, the title translates to “The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus”.

The work is performed by several of Europe’s most prominent singers and musicians on their respective instruments. They are all participants in the Ringve international early music summer course.

Composed in 1680, the work comprises seven cantatas which combine to from what is called the first Lutheren oratorio, one cantata for each body part: feet, hands, sides, chest, heart and face, and is considered one the earliest Baroque choral works. The text dates originally for the 1200s.

The musicians er:

Kristin von der Goltz, cello
Gottfried von der Goltz, violin
Markus Flaig, song
Monika Mauch, song
Elisabeth Popien, song
Gunnhild Lang-Alsvik, song
Gerd Türk, tenor, also professor at Europe’s most important educationa institutions for early music, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.

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