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Procession in a Cathedral by Bartolomeus van Bassen (c1590-1652)
Leeds Museums and Art Galleries (Temple Newsam House), UK / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67666
Recording details: April 2007
Helsing°r Cathedral, Denmark
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2008
Total duration: 12 minutes 24 seconds

'A magnificent sound … Herrick's razor-sharp articulation is at one with Buxtehude's fastidiously chiselled counterpoint … an auspicious beginning' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Herrick displays great energy and a keen ear for registrational variety' (American Record Guide)

'Herrick embarks on another epic for Hyperion, and the first instalment whets the appetite. Buxtehude's delicate contrapuntal intricacy is offset by occasional flamboyance … the organ of Helsingør Cathedral, on Buxtehude's home ground of Denmark, offers an excellent colour' (Classical Music)

Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein, BuxWV210
chorale fantasia on Luther's Advent hymn (published 1524) Be glad now, all you Christian men

Introduction  EnglishFranšaisDeutsch
The Chorale Fantasia on ‘Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein’, BuxWV210 is based on Martin Luther’s Advent hymn (‘Be glad now all you Christian men’), published in about 1524; the melody is thought to have been derived by him from a secular source. The ten variations of this grand work accord with the ten verses of the hymn and deploy a fascinating variety of textures, metres and organ resources.

from notes by Relf Clark ę 2008

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