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Buxtehude: MEMBRA JESU NOSTRI (Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford)

John Mark Ainsley (Tenor); Robin Blaze (Counter-tenor ); Giles Underwood (Bass);

Daniel Hyde

This is a significant new CD release, launchingan exciting new partnership between Opus Arte and Magdalen College Choir,Oxford, under its director Daniel Hyde.

The repertoire is niche but well-known, and thetwo soloists are distinguished names in the choral world.  The choir has been under the directorship ofDaniel Hyde for several years, during which time ithas developed a strong ‘European’ choral sound, within the tradition of anall-male ensemble (that is, with boy trebles).

The cycle of seven cantatas, scored for SSATBand titled ‘Membra Jesu nostri patientis sanctissima’ (The most holy limbs ofour suffering Jesus), is a series of musical meditations on the limbs of Christon the Cross, and was written in 1680 by the German mid-baroque composer,Dieterich Buxtehude (c1637-1707).  It isconsidered the first Lutheran oratorio.