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Church Interior by Hendrik Cornelisz van Vliet (c1611-1675)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium / © Lukas - Art in Flanders VZW / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67964
Recording details: February 2012
Mariager Klosterkirke, Denmark
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: December 2012
Total duration: 8 minutes 12 seconds

'A simply splendid album. The organ … is a delight to the ears, its manifest charms precisely mapped out in detailed registrations provided in the excellent booklet … above all, of course, is Herrick's immensely enjoyable playing … all in all a delight to the ears which brings a smile to the face and a lift to the soul' (Gramophone)

'Hugely successful … Herrick's performance of the Praeludium … is packed with personality and character … the freedom with which Herrick approaches this piece and the extent to which is it possible to hear the performer's voice, as well as that of the composer, projected in this performance, cannot be described as anything other than exhilarating … Herrick's playing is characteristically excellent throughout. His performances of the free works are, without exception, rhetorically engaging and lively, while the chorale melodies sing beautifully, such is his sensitive approach to musical line … very highly recommended' (International Record Review)

'Herrick's generously-timed programme consists of an entertaining mix of items, mainly Praeludia or Chorale Preludes. Slower, ruminative pieces alternate with boisterous, dramatic works in a recital that manages to be both elegant and fulgurous, profound and sensuous. Works generally run to less than four minutes each, but short does not equate with inconsequential in Buxtehude's music: even the merest pieces speak volumes about the composer's imagination, virtuosity and originality … this set ought to be the primary destination for collectors' (MusicWeb International)

Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV188
composer
Chorale Fantasia

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Running to more than 150 bars, the Chorale Fantasia on the Christmas melody ‘Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ’, BuxWV188, is among the longest and most elaborate of Buxtehude’s chorale settings. The first section (bars 1–37) makes much of the repeated notes with which the melody begins (‘Ge-lo-bet’) and although the right hand (playing on the Rückpositiv) features these notes, for the most part it contributes a joyful descant above the left hand (Oberwerk) and pedals. The second section (bars 38–67, from 1'47'') is an extemporization on the second line of the melody, and the third section (bars 68–98, from 3'24'') is based upon the third line, which initially appears in the lowest voices in combination with rhythmical material that seems to hark back to the first line. In bars 99–138 (from 5'03''), the fourth line is given a jig-like treatment which makes a feature of the contrasting sonorities of Oberwerk and Rückpositiv; and there is a brilliant coda.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2012

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