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Track(s) taken from CDA67666

Ciaccona in C minor, BuxWV159


Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 2007
Helsingør Cathedral, Denmark
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2008
Total duration: 5 minutes 58 seconds

Cover artwork: Procession in a Cathedral by Bartolomeus van Bassen (c1590-1652)
Leeds Museums and Art Galleries (Temple Newsam House), UK / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'A magnificent sound … Herrick's razor-sharp articulation is at one with Buxtehude's fastidiously chiselled counterpoint … an auspicious beginning' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Herrick displays great energy and a keen ear for registrational variety' (American Record Guide)

'Herrick embarks on another epic for Hyperion, and the first instalment whets the appetite. Buxtehude's delicate contrapuntal intricacy is offset by occasional flamboyance … the organ of Helsingør Cathedral, on Buxtehude's home ground of Denmark, offers an excellent colour' (Classical Music)
The Ciaccona in C minor, BuxWV159 is one of three ostinato works in this complete survey of Buxtehude’s organ music, the others being the Ciaccona in E minor and the Passacaglia in D minor. Unfolding over a noble four-bar ground, this gravely beautiful, dance-like music occasionally calls to mind similar passages towards the beginning of Bach’s Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582. The composer achieves variety by causing the pedals to drop out from time to time and by ingeniously enveloping the ground in elaborate passagework for the manuals.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2008

La Chaconne en ut mineur, BuxWV159 est la première des trois œuvres en ostinato de cette intégrale, les deux autres étant la Chaconne en mi mineur et la Passacaille en ré mineur. Se déployant par-dessus une majestueuse ground de quatre mesures, cette musique dansante, à la beauté grave, rappelle parfois le début de la Passacaille en ut mineur, BWV582 de J. S. Bach. Pour introduire de la diversité, Buxtehude renonce de temps à autre au pédalier et enrobe ingénieusement la ground dans des passages élaborés adressés aux manuels.

extrait des notes rédigées par Relf Clark © 2008
Français: Hypérion

Die Ciaccona in c-Moll, BuxWV159 ist das erste von drei Ostinatowerken in dieser Serie von Buxtehudes Orgelwerken; die anderen sind die Ciaccona in e-Moll und die Passacaglia in d-Moll. Diese gravitätisch schöne, tanzhafte Musik entfaltet sich über einem noblen viertaktigen Ostinato und erinnert gelegentlich an ähnliche Stellen gegen Anfang von Bachs Passacaglia in c-Moll, BWV582. Der Komponist erreicht Vielfalt, indem er die Pedale gelegentlich aussetzen lässt und das Ostinato genial in das komplizierte Passagenwerk für die Manuale verwebt.

aus dem Begleittext von Relf Clark © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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