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Track(s) taken from CDD22062
Recording details: April 1993
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: October 1993
Total duration: 16 minutes 34 seconds

'Herrick's musical inspiration, matched by his technique, does full justice to this pinnacle of the organ repertoire' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'Yet another yardstick release from what seems to be an unbeatable team … I suspect I have already found my record of the year' (Gramophone)

'These incisive, illuminating performances … they continue to offer compulsory interpretation for anyone's library. Herrick approaches Bach with an interrogative direction that compels the imagination. In the warm, well-shaped acoustic of Lucerne's Jesuitenkirche he finds drama and strength of purpose, vibrancy and colour on a fine modern Metzler organ, and displays an impressively articulate, varied and telling range of gestures. Dip in at any point and you'll find something to please and provoke … the impeccable recorded sound is icing on the cake' (Choir & Organ)

'As emotionally compelling as it is authoritative. The instrument is ideal for the repertoire and it is superbly recorded' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'This is in every way a Bach recital out of the top drawer, played with magisterial authority on a magnificent organ' (Classic FM Magazine)

Prelude and Fugue in E flat major 'St Anne', BWV552
composer
1739; Clavier-Übung III, Liepzig

Prelude  [9'37]
Fugue  [6'57]

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Christopher Herrick (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
When, in 1739, Bach published his Clavierübung Part III, he flanked a miscellaneous collection of liturgical settings, chorale preludes and duos with a monumental prelude at the beginning of the volume and tripartite fugue at the end. The Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 were not always connected to each other. Although in the same key, and indeed copied as separate works in the eighteenth century, it was only in the early nineteenth, and with the specific advocacy of Mendelssohn, that they were performed in sequence as a pair. The prelude, one of the two largest Bach wrote for organ, is a masterly mixture of stately French and concertante Italian elements, while the fugue (treating the three subjects successively in three different metres and in three different combinations) is based on a theme in common currency whose fortuitous closeness to Croft’s hymn tune ‘St Anne’ has attracted that name (in English-speaking countries at least); Bach, if he knew the tune at all, might have come across it in Handel’s use of it in the Chandos Anthem ‘O praise the Lord with one consent’.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993


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