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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
Helsing°r Cathedral, Denmark
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2008
Total duration: 2 minutes 58 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 bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV208
composer
chorale prelude

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The melody of the Chorale Prelude ‘Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist’, BuxWV208 (‘Now let us beg true faith of the Holy Spirit’) is ornamented and given to the right hand, the left hand and feet providing a three-voice accompaniment. Although other chorale preludes appear to have been crafted on paper, there are suggestions here of origins in improvisation, and it is not hard, here and in the subsequent chorale preludes of a similar type, e.g. ‘Ein feste Burg’, to imagine a player in an improvisatory frame of mind embellishing the melody and providing a relatively simple accompaniment of the kind found here.

from notes by Relf Clark ę 2008

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