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Track(s) taken from CDA67071/2

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV656

1708/17; revised into Leipzig Chorales collection, the '18' circa 1744/7

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1995
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: April 1996
Total duration: 6 minutes 43 seconds


'Not only has Herrick found a simply ravishing Swiss organ which he uses with impeccable good taste, but the Hyperion team have come up with a top-notch recording. Once again they've given us a disc which combines consummate musical insight and technical mastery with sheer unalloyed listening pleasure' (Gramophone)

'Herrick has once again shown that his command of the Bach idiom is as total as any other contemporary organist's … An impressive addition to a milestone collection' (Classic CD)

'An indispensable collection and one I should not be happy to be without' (Organists' Review)

'Bach at his most tuneful and diverting and Herrick's style is particularly suited to them' (Soundscapes, Australia)
The chorale text paraphrases the Agnus Dei from the Mass, and is in three verses, which Bach follows in this setting in triple time. In the first verse the soprano line has the melody, which moves to the alto in the second. The pedal enters with the melody in the third verse, and although aspects of the writing can be tied to phrases from the text, this music is the Lamb of God triumphant.

from notes by Ian Carson 1996

Der Choraltext ist eine in drei Strophen eingeteilte Paraphrase des Agnus Dei aus der Messe, die Bach in dieser Vertonung im Dreiertakt entwickelt. In der ersten Strophe trägt die Sopranlinie die Melodie, die sich im zweiten im Alto bewegt. Das Orgelpedal tritt zusammen mit der Melodie im dritten Vers ein, und obgleich Aspekte der Komposition einigen Textphrasen zugeschrieben werden können, ist diese Musik des Lamm Gottes triumphierend.

aus dem Begleittext von Ian Carson 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

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Bach: The Complete Organ Works
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