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A Church Interior by Anthonie de Lorme (1610-1673)
Johnny van Haeften Gallery, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67855
Recording details: April 2010
St-Louis-en-l'Île, Paris, France
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon & Will Brown
Release date: March 2011
Total duration: 7 minutes 19 seconds

'The Praeludium in F sharp minor brings the disc to an arresting conclusion. The performance is exhilarating and Herrick judges the pacing to perfect dramatic ends while also having the opportunity to show off his brilliantly agile pedal technique … this recording, along with its two predecessors in the series, is a first-rate addition to the catalogue. On this evidence, Herrick's next release should be eagerly awaited' (International Record Review)

Praeludium in D minor, BuxWV140
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In the Praeludium in D minor, BuxWV140, which is among the finest and most striking examples of the genre, Buxtehude alternates exuberant, fanciful passages and short, strictly written fugues. As one listens to its opening bars it is easy to imagine an organist at the end of a service putting aside his prescribed texts and allowing hands and feet to roam freely over manuals and pedals in the ways suggested by the passagework and harmonies which arise naturally from the use of the key of D minor. The free introduction leads to a four-voice fugue on a subject with octave leaps, rests and repeated notes and which combines with a chromatically falling counter-subject. This first fugue is nicely dovetailed into a further improvisatory passage, and after a grand cadence in C major there is a short second fugue, and then a third and final one whose triple-time subject is based upon the intervals of the first fugue subject. The concluding bars illustrate this style at its most phantasticus.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2011

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