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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: 5 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)

Ciaccona in C minor, BuxWV159
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The Ciaccona in C minor, BuxWV159 is one of three ostinato works in this complete survey of Buxtehude’s organ music, the others being the Ciaccona in E minor and the Passacaglia in D minor. Unfolding over a noble four-bar ground, this gravely beautiful, dance-like music occasionally calls to mind similar passages towards the beginning of Bach’s Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582. The composer achieves variety by causing the pedals to drop out from time to time and by ingeniously enveloping the ground in elaborate passagework for the manuals.

from notes by Relf Clark ę 2008

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