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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: 2 minutes 13 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)

Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit, BuxWV222
composer
Chorale Prelude

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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

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