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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 19 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)

Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV221
composer
chorale prelude on the tune familiar from Nicolas Lebègue's Une vierge pucelle; text (1563) by Ludwig Hembold (English: From God shall naught divide me)

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The Chorale Prelude ‘Von Gott will ich nicht lassen’, BuxWV221 (‘From God shall naught divide me’) is based on a melody, secular in origin, familiar to organists through Nicolas Lebègue’s Une vierge pucelle. Ludwig Hembold’s text dates from 1563. By contrast with the previous prelude, the melody drowns in rich ornamentation, so much so that the piece would be ineffective as an introduction to the singing of the hymn; but the almost incessant semiquavers make this among the most Bach-like of these preludes.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2008

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