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Track(s) taken from CDA67211/2

Fugue in G major, BWV576


Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: November 1996
Stadtkirche, Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 4 minutes 13 seconds


'Just as, in my youth, I almost preferred to lick the scrapings from the bowls in which my mother had prepared cakes than to savout the finished product, so I am tempted almost to prefer these crumbs from the table of a great genius to those stupendous musical feats which are everybody's idea of the real J S Bach. Here is music every bit as worthy of close attention as anything Bach wrote for the organ. Herrick displays immaculate taste. This is playing of the very highest order … superlative artistry' (Gramophone)

'An attractive way of gathering up some of Bach's less obvious masterpieces, and they are all splendidly played, and recorded on a fine Swiss organ' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Christopher Herrick possède une technique supérieure et un grand toucher. Il nous fait parcourir ces pages de jeunesse avec une fraîcheur, une bonne humeur, un lyrisme et une entrain communicatif' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)
The Fugue in G major, BWV576, may or may not be authentic and, after its initial set of entries, does not really make any effort to maintain a consistently contrapuntal texture. But it does makes an attractive and natural pairing with the Prelude in G major, BWV568. With its massive sustained chords over pedal semiquavers it is easy to imagine this as the kind of piece Bach used to test the winding of a new organ.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1997

Ob die Fuge in G-Dur, BWV576, echt ist oder nicht, sei dahingestellt. In jedem Fall werden nach ihrer anfänglichen Einsatzfolge keine weiteren Bemühungen um eine kontinuierliche kontrapunktische Struktur erkenntlich. Zusammen mit dem Präludium in G-Dur, BWV568, bildet die Fuge jedoch ein reizvolles und natürliches Paar. Aufgrund der massiven ausgehaltenen Akkorde über den Sechzehnteln in den Pedalstimmen liegt die Vermutung nahe, daß es sich bei dieser Fuge um eines jener Werke handelt, die Bach zum Prüfen der Pfeifen und Gebläse neuer Orgeln verwendete.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1997
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner

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