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Hyperion Records

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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: 5 minutes 46 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 A minor, BuxWV153

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The Praeludium in A minor, BuxWV153, begins with an extemporary section which draws to a close over a long pedal. Two fugues then follow, the subject of the first one making a feature of repeated notes, the subject of the second a compound-time variant of the first; and there is a brilliant coda in which at one point contrary motion produces harmony of a startlingly modern-sounding kind.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

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