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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: 4 minutes 25 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 C major, BuxWV138
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With the Praeludium in C major, BuxWV138, Buxtehude comes near to the two-movement form associated with J S Bach, for instead of writing a sequence of movements in which free writing alternates with passages that are fugal in character, he follows his opening section with just one fugue and concludes with a coda which, although free, is too brief to be thought of as a separate movement. The first section is of the customary brilliant character. The second is based on a subject whose descending three-quaver ‘head’ enables its various entries to be recognized with relative ease; and in the coda, contrary motion again produces harmony of a kind that sounds remarkably modern.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

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