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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: 6 minutes 43 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)

Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott, BuxWV207
Chorale Variations

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Chorale Variations on ‘Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott’, BuxWV207, comprise four ‘verses’ based on a melody familiar from its association with ‘Vater unser im Himmelreich’. The first verse, for manuals alone, has the chorale melody at the top of a three-voice texture. The second is a bicinium, the melody given again to the top voice but now accompanied by a single line of notes. The pedals are added for the third verse, in which the melody is treated in the manner of ‘Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott’, the right hand having an embellished version of it, the left hand and pedals a simple accompaniment. A two-voice texture is reverted to for the fourth and final verse, which is another bicinium.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

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