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Church interior, with people at prayer in the foreground and a small procession in the main aisle by Bartolomeus van Bassen (c1590-1652)
Johnny van Haeften Gallery, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67809
Recording details: January 2009
Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon & Sean Lewis
Release date: January 2010
Total duration: 7 minutes 35 seconds

'The magnificent 1741 Wagner organ in Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral. In possession of some pugnacious reeds and a thrilling 'pleno', it's an ideal choice for a disc which includes some big-boned praeludia as well as Buxtehude's most extended organ work: the imposing Fantasia on the Te Deum whose architectural acuity Herrick unfolds with magisterial authority … Herrick's flair for apposite registration illuminates at every turn … sonorously splendiferous' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The ambitions Te Deum and the grand Praeludium in C major confirm Buxtehude's inspiring originality. No wonder the young Bach once walked 200 miles to hear him play' (The Observer)

Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV149

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV149, is a typical example of the genre, flamboyant, improvisatory passages alternating with ones that are fugal and therefore strict in character. It opens with brilliant writing for the manuals, underpinned from the seventh bar by the pedals’ obsessive seven-note phrase. Here, as so often in Buxtehude’s organ works, one can picture an organist seated at a console completely free of music and giving his imagination full rein. This toccata-like opening is followed by a four-voice fugue, a brisk, largely manuals-only Allegro, and a further fugue, marked Largo, which runs into a free coda.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

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