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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

The Clavierübung Chorales & other great chorales

Christopher Herrick (organ)
2CDs Download only
Label: Hyperion
Recording details: May 1998
Stadtkirche, Zofingen, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: January 1999
Total duration: 148 minutes 24 seconds

With the Third Part of his monumental Clavierübung Bach turned to Chorale Preludes. The collection consists of twenty-one, each appearing in two highly contrasted settings. One is a large-scale composition requiring an instrument with two manuals and pedals while the other is for manuals only and generally much shorter. There is, of course, more than one way to present the Clavierübung Chorales, but in the context of a double CD Christopher Herrick has chosen to base the first disc on the large-scale Chorale settings. The second CD starts with the ten 'manualiter' Chorales as a group, recorded in the same church, but on the beautiful one-manual choir organ. Christopher Herrick returns to the main organ for the other chorales, ending the disc triumphantly with In dulci jubilo.

All of the music on this album is also available as part of the specially priced box set Bach: The Complete Organ Works: ‘Let me say without hesitation that Herrick’s performances are models of clarity, accuracy, precision and musicality … this is a complete Bach that has plenty of character and verve and which would bear repeated listening’ (Choir & Organ).


‘This set marks a significant addition to the Christopher Herrick Bach archive and is a further manifestation of the happy collaboration between the artist and his excellent recording team’ (Organists' Review)

‘Hugely rewarding playing of the highest order’ (The Scotsman)

‘This disc is a 'must' for all who love this wonderful music’ (Cathedral Music)

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