Album: Buxtehude, Opera Omnia XIII – Manson / Pandolfo / Koopman / Fentross (Challenge)

The eighth volume in Ton Koopman's survey of the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude takes us to the Trio Sonatas Opus 1.

The sound of these Italian-influenced studies of agitation is beautifully immediate, the performance a dialogue between two pairs of duet partners, with violinist Catherine Manson a lively foil to Paolo Pandolfo's gloriously open-sounding viola da gamba, and lutenist Mike Fentross tailoring each phrase to Koopman's harpsichord or organ.