Buxtehude’s solo-verse settings are definite highlights. Bass Sebastian Myrus’s ‘Trotz dem alten Drachen’ shifts nimbly between the spikily defiant and the self-assured. The album opens, though, with an even more dramatic cantata – a German-language setting of the imagery-rich Psalm 69 (‚Save me, O God, for the waters are come in unto my soul‘), with a particularly arresting first movement sung by Myrus.
(presto classical)