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Track(s) taken from CDD22062

Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV534

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: 8 minutes 23 seconds
 
1
Prelude  [3'41]
2
Fugue  [4'42]

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 F minor Prelude and Fugue, BWV534 is an uneven work of powerful moments vitiated by some technical miscalculations, but there is no denying the majesty of the prelude’s springing manual figures over striding pedal scales nor the serious and thorough working of an early example of the allabreve fugue, with its typically anguished drooping diminished 7th in the subject.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Le Prélude et Fugue en fa mineur, BWV534 est une œuvre inégale, dans laquelle de puissants moments sont affaiblis par certains mauvais calculs techniques, mais on ne peut nier la majesté des figures de clavier bondissantes du prélude au-dessus de gammes de pédales à la marche rapide, ni la sérieuse et complète élaboration d’un exemple précédent de la fugue allabreve, avec sa septième diminuée descendante, typiquement tourmentée, dans le sujet.

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

Präludium und Fuge in f-Moll, BWV534 sind ein unausgeglichenes Werk voller eindrucksvoller Momente, die durch technische Fehlkalkulationen verdorben werden. Dennoch sind weder die Erhabenheit der federnden Manualfiguren des Präludiums über getragenen Pedalläufen zu leugnen, noch die ernsthafte und gründliche Verarbeitung eines frühen Beispiels der Allabreve-Fuge mit typisch angstvollen, matten verminderten Septimen im Subjekt.

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

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