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Praeludium in D major, BuxWV139
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The Praeludium in D major, BuxWV139 opens with a twenty-bar introduction whose extemporary style might suggest an organist exploring an unfamiliar instrument before settling to his task. There follows a four-voice fugue on a subject in which a repeated note prominently features; a sustained passage in which Buxtehude demonstrates a knowledge of complex harmony; and the lively, toccata-like section (interrupted by another sustained passage) with which the piece concludes. Thus ‘prelude and fugue’, the phrase commonly used to describe such works by Buxtehude, is not entirely apt, for instead of a clear-cut division into two substantial movements of more or less equal length, there is a succession of relatively short passages, strict fugal writing alternating with sections of an improvisatory character, some of them lively and harmonically straightforward, some stately and harmonically complex.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2008

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Details for CDA67666 track 1
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ISRC
GB-AJY-08-66601
Duration
5'56
Recording date
10 April 2007
Recording venue
Helsingør Cathedral, Denmark
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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