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Fireworks over Stockholm.
© Mikael Damkier, www.dreamstime.com
Track(s) taken from CDA67734
Recording details: June 2008
Västerås Cathedral, Sweden
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2009
Total duration: 11 minutes 48 seconds

'Herrick's playing and imaginative use of the organ's resources are first rate, and he's backed up by a superb recording from Hyperion' (Gramophone)

'This instrument makes a pretty spectacular noise … with plenty of incendiary reeds and pyrotechnic instruments, it provides yet another ideal organ on which Christopher Herrick can light his blue touch paper and not retire but leap onto the pyre and set off as many fireworks as he can in the space of 78 minutes … he is a fluent and fiery champion of the repertoire … Herrick manages to persuade us that it is all worth hearing. He delivers it with enthusiasm and the communicative zeal which is the hallmark of just about everything this outstanding organist ever seems to put his hands and feet to … for lovers of fine organ sound and often spine-tingly virtuoso playing … this disc most certainly is not thirteenth time unlucky' (International Record Review)

Variations and finale on 'Ah vous dirai-je, Maman', Op 90
composer
published by Simrock in 1828

Variation 1  [0'31]
Variation 2  [0'41]
Variation 3  [0'32]
Variation 5  [0'34]
Variation 6  [0'32]
Variation 8  [0'49]
Variation 9  [1'11]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck (1770–1846) was born in Elgersburg, Thuringia, studied with J C Kittel (1732–1809), a pupil of J S Bach, and eventually became Kantor at the music school in Darmstadt, in which town he was court organist. He composed prolifically, and an organ primer of his enjoyed wide currency. Based on a tune made familiar by Mozart (K265) and generally associated with the words ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’, Rinck’s Variations and finale on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman’, Op 90, was published by Simrock in 1828. A minor-key introduction leads to a simple harmonization of the tune, and there then follow nine variations and a spirited finale, which takes the form of a fugato.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2009

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