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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 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)

Toccata in D minor, BuxWV155

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Toccata in D minor, BuxWV155, has the form of a praeludium, dramatic improvisatory passages alternating with polyphonic ones. Here, though, the first of the polyphonic sections is a kind of double fugue, its subject never heard without its counter-subject; and the second is a species of triple fugue, its subject invariably heard with two counter-subjects. This second subject includes a four-note figure comprising three semiquavers followed by a crotchet: Buxtehude gradually develops it, and by bar 100 it has begun to dominate the work. Its manifestation in the athletic pedal passages from bar 115 onwards provides a remarkable anticipation of J S Bach’s Toccata in F major, BWV540. Listening to the splendidly rhythmical music of bars 108–121, it is very hard to think that Bach did not know this work.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

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