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Hyperion Records

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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
Helsingør Cathedral, Denmark
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2008
Total duration: 2 minutes 40 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)

Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BuxWV178
chorale prelude (usual English words to the tune are O sacred head sore wounded)

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The melody of the Chorale Prelude ‘Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder’, BuxWV178 (‘Ah Lord, me, a poor sinner’) is familiar from J S Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and in the English-speaking world it evokes the words ‘O sacred head sore wounded’. It is given to the uppermost voice and skilfully embedded in a contrapuntal matrix based upon it, and although ornamented, its shape is well preserved throughout, which suggests that this is a prelude intended to introduce the singing of the hymn.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2008

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