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Track(s) taken from CDA67666

Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV205

chorale variations on the ninth tone (tonus peregrinus) Magnificat

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 2007
Helsingør Cathedral, Denmark
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2008
Total duration: 2 minutes 21 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 Chorale Variations on the Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV205 are based on plainsong, the melody being the ninth psalm tone, the tonus peregrinus. There are two verses, the first, vocal in character, having the melody (in long notes marked ‘tremolo’) in the pedals, the second a fantasia based on the melody’s first three notes (minims) to which Buxtehude adds a lively counter-subject (semiquavers).

from notes by Relf Clark © 2008

Le Choral à variations sur le Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV205 est fondé sur le plain-chant—la melodie en est le tonus peregrinus, le neuvième ton psalmodique. Il y a deux versets: l’un, de caractère vocal, a la mélodie (en valeurs longues marquées «tremolando») au pédalier, tandis que l’autre est une fantaisie reposant sur les trois premières notes (blanches) de la mélodie, auxquelles Buxtehude adjoint un contre-sujet enjoué (doubles croches).

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

Die Choralvariationen über das Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV205 sind das erste der auf einem gregorianischen Choral basierenden Präludien dieser Serie von Buxtehudes vollständigen Werken; die Melodie steht im 9. Psalmton, dem tonus peregrinus. Es gibt zwei Strophen, die erste, im Charakter gesanglich, hat die Melodie (in langen Noten mit der Anweisung „tremolo“) im Pedal, die zweite ist eine Fantasie, die auf den ersten drei Noten (Halben) der Melodie beruht, denen Buxtehude einen lebhaften Kontrapunkt (in Sechzehnteln) hinzufügt.

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

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