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Buxtehude’s Opus 1 sits at a stylistic and formal crossroads, interweaving some of the most refined counterpoint of the 17th century with a sense of boundlessness in time and texture, creating a music in which order and fantasy coexist in perfectly imperfect balance. Composing at the dawn of the 18th century, Buxtehude demonstrates a fidelity to the caprices of earlier 17th-century works while also taking up the challenges of the more extended and developed ensemble writing then emerging in the works of Corelli and his 18th-century successors. FILAMENT comprises a core trio of violin, viola da gamba, and keyboards.  FILAMENT'S mission is to be the bright connective thread — that eponymous filament — linking the world of its audience with that of its repertoire.

This fascinating recital features three works composed during a short period of tremendous upheaval in the world of music.  Szymanowski's Mythes: Trois Poemes, op. 30 was composed in 1915, Dohnanyi's Sonata, op. 21 in 1912, and Bartok's Sonata No. 1 in 1920-21.  Violinist Elizabeth Chang writes that "the crosscurrents of multiculturalism and the pursuit of a national identity separate from the prevailing Germanic legacy, are topics with searing relevance to the early 21st century. Probing the connections among the densely intertwined web of musicians of this time yields insight into an inflection point in musical history that unleashed the wildly divergent paths that music composition took as the twentieth century unfolded."  This recording presents beautifully detailed performances of three important pieces, performed by two leading virtuosi.

Composer Scott Wheeler writes that "Martin Boykan (1931-2021) wrote music that digs deep, and rewards the closest listening. Every phrase of the music on this recording is first of all heartfelt, carefully considered and fascinatingly intricate.  It's music full of melody, often yearning, and frequently sparkling."  The third volume of Bridge's Martin Boykan series presents first recordings of six works composed over 41 years, between 1975 and 2016.

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