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Track(s) taken from CDD22062

Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV541

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: 7 minutes 28 seconds
 
1
Prelude  [3'06]
2
Fugue  [4'22]

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David Goode (organ)

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)
Dating from the Leipzig years (1724/5) is the Vivaldian G major Prelude and Fugue, BWV541, and like that in B minor it seems clear that both movements were written at the same time and for each other. Here the pulsing chords of the prelude presage the repeated note and gruppetto of the fugue’s subject, which is turned to good account in stretto both before and after the dramatic pause that announces the coda.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Le Vivaldien Prélude et Fugue en sol majeur, BWV541 date des années de Leipzig (1724/5) et comme pour celui en la mineur, il semble évident que les deux mouvements ont été écrits en même temps et l’un pour l’autre. Ici les accords palpitants du prélude présagent la note répétée et le grupetto du sujet de la fugue, qui est très bien mis à profit en «strette» à la fois avant et après la pause dramatique qui annonce la coda.

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

Ein wenig früher, aber um die Leipziger Zeit (1724/25) enstanden Präludium und Fuge in G-Dur, BWV541, die Vivaldi nachempfunden sind. Wie bei dem Werk in h-Moll ergibt sich der Eindruck, daß beide Sätze gleichzeitig und füreinander geschrieben wurden. Schon die pulsierenden Akkorde des Präludiums lassen im vorliegenden Fall die wiederholten Noten und Doppelschläge des Fugensubjekts erahnen, das sowohl vor als auch nach der dramatischen Pause zur Ankündigung der Coda in bester Engführung abgerundet wird.

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

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