|Collegium AD MOSAM - Huub Ehlen|
Jesu meines Lebens Leben (BuxWV 62)
AD MOSAM was founded in 1994
on the initiative of artistic leader Huub Ehlen. The ensemble is a select
company of professional singers, soloists and instrumentalists, each an
ambassador for baroque music in an authentic and importantly
powerful way. Ad Mosam can perform in a variety of combinations as choir,
orchestra, solo ensemble or consort. The orchestral players are almost
without exception members of famous ensembles. A distinguishing characteristic
of Ad Mosam is that the vocal soloists also sing the choir parts, as was
often the case in the Baroque.
Dietrich (Diederik) Buxtehude (Oldesloe
1637 Lübeck 1707) came from a respectable Danish family of
organists. He must have received his initial musical training from his
father Johannes, for 30 years organist at the Saint Olau Church in Helsingor.
After his study in Copenhagen we know very little of his musical
education he should, by tradition, have succeeded his father in
Helsingor, but it seems the young man had greater ambition. In 1668 he
was appointed successor to Franz Tunder at the Marienkirche in Lübeck,
a wealthy Hanseatic League city with an exceptional musical infrastructure.
The works in this recording are some of the most beautiful examples of Buxehudes multi-voice compositions.