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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: 3 minutes 21 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)

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV184
chorale prelude on the melody associated with Luther's paraphrase (published 1531) of Psalm 46 (English: God is our hope and strength: a very present help in trouble)

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The Chorale Prelude ‘Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott’, BuxWV184 is based on the melody associated with Luther’s paraphrase of Psalm 46 (‘God is our hope and strength: a very present help in trouble’). Thought to have been adapted by him from a plainsong source, it was published with the text in 1531. Richly ornamented, the melody is given as usual to the right hand, the relatively simple three-voice accompaniment to the left hand and feet.

from notes by Relf Clark ę 2008

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