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Track(s) taken from CDD22062

Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV543

composer

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1993
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: October 1993
Total duration: 9 minutes 45 seconds
 
1
Prelude  [3'35]
2
Fugue  [6'10]

Reviews

'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)
The A minor Prelude and Fugue, BWV543, dating from the later Weimar years (1716/7), shows how confidently Bach has built on the typical devices of Buxtehude, pacing the incident to ensure forward momentum and tightening the progression of the rich harmony. The extensive dance fugue that follows not only dissolves in a showy virtuoso flourish, but the pedal part is exceptionally active throughout, though not as markedly so as in the D major Prelude and Fugue, BWV532.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Le Prélude et Fugue en la mineur, BWV543, qui datent des dernières années de Weimar (1716/1717) montrent l’assurance avec laquelle Bach avait développé les formules typiques de Buxtehude, réglant l’allure de l’incident pour assurer un mouvement progressif et renforçant la marche de la riche harmonie. L’importante fugue de danse qui suit non seulement se résout dans une fastueuse fioriture virtuose, mais la partie de la pédale demeure exceptionnellement active tout au long du morceau—bien que moins manifestement que dans le Prélude et Fugue en ré majeur, BWV532.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robin Langley © 1993
Français: Alain Midoux

Präludium und Fuge in a-Moll, BWV543 aus der späteren Weimarer Zeit (1716/17) zeigen, mit wieviel Selbstvertrauen Bach auf die typischen Stilmittel Buxtehudes aufgebaut hat, indem er Episoden so bemaß, daß ihre Triebkraft gewährleistet blieb, und die Abfolge der üppigen Harmonien straffte. Die folgende ausgedehnte Tanzfuge löst sich in eine prunkvolle virtuose Geste auf, und die Pedalstimme ist durchweg außergewöhnlich bewegt—wenn auch nicht so auffällig wie bei dem Werk in D-Dur, BWV532.

aus dem Begleittext von Robin Langley © 1993
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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