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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: 6 minutes 33 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 F major, BuxWV145
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In the Praeludium in F major, BuxWV145, Buxtehude foreshadows the two-movement ‘prelude and fugue’ form associated with J S Bach, for instead of the usual alternation of free and strict passages, there are just two sections, one free, the other strict. Although it has much of the character of Buxtehude’s other improvisatory passages, the first section is more consistent in terms of texture. The second is based entirely upon one subject, which is among Buxtehude’s longest and most unusual. It begins with three statements of a kind of written-out ornament: these and the rests between them give rise to one of the composer’s sunniest efforts and in particular to dialogues between manuals and pedals which call to mind J S Bach’s D major organ fugue.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2011

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