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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: 10 minutes 56 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 B minor, BWV544
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Prelude  [5'49]
Fugue  [5'07]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This is one of the most original of the last great preludes and fugues from the Leipzig years, the Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV544. The prelude, in an advanced and highly decorated Rococo style, combines grace and grandeur in an individual marriage between the older fugal techniques and the newer expressive harmony induced by frequent appoggiature. The fugue, particularly closely crafted and on two subjects, achieves over and above the contrapuntal ingenuity an inevitability of growth and profundity of thought remarkable even for Bach.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Other albums featuring this work
'Bach: The Complete Organ Works' (CDS44121/36)
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
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