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Track(s) taken from CDA67809

Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit, BuxWV222

Chorale Prelude

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: January 2009
Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon & Sean Lewis
Release date: January 2010
Total duration: 2 minutes 13 seconds

Cover artwork: 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


'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)
The Chorale Prelude ‘Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit’, BuxWV222, is a gently animated example of Buxtehude’s characteristically simple way of treating a melody: given as usual to the uppermost voice, it is broken up, lightly embellished, and simply accompanied, the accompanying voices introducing each line with a series of entries based on its initial notes.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

Le Prélude-choral «Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit», BuxWV222, illustre, dans une douce animation, la simplicité avec laquelle Buxtehude traite une mélodie: confiée à l’habituelle voix supérieure, elle est morcelée, légèrement ornée et dotée d’un accompagnement peu complexe, les voix accompagnantes introduisant chaque ligne par une série d’entrées fondées sur ses notes liminaires.

extrait des notes rédigées par Relf Clark © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Das Choralvorspiel „Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit“, BuxWV222, ist ein zart belebtes Beispiel für Buxtehudes charakteristisch schlichte Manier der Melodiebehandlung: wie üblich wird sie der Oberstimme übergeben, auseinander gelöst, leicht verziert und einfach begleitet; die Begleitstimmen leiten jede Zeile mit einer Reihe von Einsätzen ein, die auf ihren Anfangsnoten basieren.

aus dem Begleittext von Relf Clark © 2010
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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