Membra Jesu Nostri
By Vox Scaniensis. By Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707). Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.LWM010).
Item Number: NX.LWM010
It is easy to imagine Dietrich Buxtehude's enthusiasm when he received into his hands the texts to Membra Jesu Nostri, which has been ascribed to Bernard of Clairvaux. The text forms an account of the crucified limbs of Christ and its sensitive style relates strongly to sixteen and seventeenth century Pietism, the central focus of which is emotion and passionate expression. Membra Jesu Nostri has come to be known as Buxtehude's possibly best vocal compilation, which is not surprising as it combines great intensity and fervor with his masterly ability to achieve vocal equilibrium in the most pleasing form. Solistensemblen Vox Scanienis has been active in the Malmo-Lund region for over 15 years. The ensemble was founded by Peter Wallin in connection with a television series production called Andetag (Breath) which was broadcast on Swedish television in 2002 and 2003. From the start the ensemble's repertoire was comprised primarily by music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, but with time it has extended to include both Gregorian chants and contemporary musical pieces by Arvo Part, Johan Magnus Sjoberg, Olivier Messiaen and others.