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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: 4 minutes 47 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)

Toccata in F major, BuxWV157
composer

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In the Toccata in F major, BuxWV157 Buxtehude comes close to the two-movement plan one associates with J S Bach. The first thirty-eight bars comprise the toccata, a magnificent affair of scale passages, repeated chords, and harmony of immense grandeur. At bar 39 there begins a four-voice fugue whose subject makes a feature of repetition (compare BuxWV139). There is a second exposition, in which the voices enter in a different order, and a third, in which there appears a new counter-subject made up of brilliant semiquavers. The coda is dominated by the first counter-subject.

from notes by Relf Clark ę 2008

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