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Track(s) taken from CDD22062

Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV547

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 9 seconds
 
1
Prelude  [4'12]
2
Fugue  [4'57]

Reviews

'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)

'This is in every way a Bach recital out of the top drawer, played with magisterial authority on a magnificent organ' (Classic FM Magazine)
On 8 May 1747 Bach gave a recital on the Wagner organ in the Heiligegeistkirche, Potsdam. The Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV547, dating from around 1744, is the last of his works in the genre and may well have been performed on that occasion. The lilting prelude, over an ostinato bass figure, has melodic connections with Cantata 65 (1724), while the fugue is one of the most concentrated he wrote, replete with contrapuntal devices all stemming from the material of the first bar. A supreme climax is engendered by the very late entry of the pedals in augmentation, a series of declamatory chords (looking back to those in the prelude), and a notably long tonic pedal coda.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Le 8 mai 1747, Bach donna un récital sur l’orgue de Wagner, à la Heiligegeistkirche de Potsdam. Le Prélude et Fugue, BWV547 datent d’environ 1744; ce sont les derniers qu’il ait composés dans le genre, et peuvent bien avoir été interprétés à cette occasion. Le prélude cadencé, sur une figure de basse obstinée, a des rapports mélodiques avec la Cantate 65 (1724), tandis que la fugue est une des plus concentrées qu’il ait composées, pleine de formules contrapuntiques, qui dérivent toutes du matériau de la première mesure. Une entrée tardive des pédales en augmentation, une série d’accords déclamatoires (rappelant ceux du prélude), et une particulièrement longue pédale tonique en coda produisent une apogée suprême.

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

Am 8. Mai 1747 gab Bach ein Konzert auf der Wagner-Orgel in der Heilige-Geist-Kirche in Potsdam. Präludium und Fuge in C-Dur, BWV547 stammen aus der Zeit um 1744, sind Bachs letztes Werk der Gattung und könnten ohne weiteres aus diesem Anlaß gespielt worden sein. Das Präludium, sanglich über einer ostinaten Baßfigur angelegt, hat melodische Parallelen zur Kantate Nr. 65 (1724). Die Fuge ist eine der kompaktesten, die er je geschrieben hat, randvoll mit kontrapunktischen Kunstgriffen, die allesamt dem Material des ersten Taktes entsprungen sind. Ein erlesener Höhepunkt wird durch den sehr späten Einsatz der Pedale in Augmentation, eine Serie deklamatorischer Akkorde (die auf jene des Präludiums zurückblicken) und eine auffällig lange tonische Pedal-Coda hervorgerufen.

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

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