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Choral Evensong: Voluntary: Buxtehude

John Furse

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I listened with much pleasure to Ben Bloor’s Voluntary at the end of this week’s Choral Evensong, from New College, Oxford: Buxtehude’s episodic Praeludium and Fugue(s) in G minor (BuxWV 149).


I know this piece well- and was once fortunate to be able to play it in Buxtehude’s church at Helsingør.


Registration and ornament (his, that is) were exemplary; with its pedalling, it was a very ‘northern European’ performance. Congrats to him. This organ does this kind of repertoire so well.

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I listened a few days ago via iPlayer from Wednesday's live broadcast. I too thought the Buxtehude was absolutely superb with wonderful style and musical projection. A pleasant change from the boring and unstylistic performance of the Bach motet by the choir. Ben Bloor is clearly a player we shall be hearing much more of in the coming years.



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