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Track(s) taken from CDA67734

Variations and finale on 'Ah vous dirai-je, Maman', Op 90

published by Simrock in 1828

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: June 2008
Västerås Cathedral, Sweden
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2009
Total duration: 11 minutes 48 seconds

Cover artwork: Fireworks over Stockholm.
© Mikael Damkier, www.dreamstime.com


'Herrick's playing and imaginative use of the organ's resources are first rate, and he's backed up by a superb recording from Hyperion' (Gramophone)

'This instrument makes a pretty spectacular noise … with plenty of incendiary reeds and pyrotechnic instruments, it provides yet another ideal organ on which Christopher Herrick can light his blue touch paper and not retire but leap onto the pyre and set off as many fireworks as he can in the space of 78 minutes … he is a fluent and fiery champion of the repertoire … Herrick manages to persuade us that it is all worth hearing. He delivers it with enthusiasm and the communicative zeal which is the hallmark of just about everything this outstanding organist ever seems to put his hands and feet to … for lovers of fine organ sound and often spine-tingly virtuoso playing … this disc most certainly is not thirteenth time unlucky' (International Record Review)
Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck (1770–1846) was born in Elgersburg, Thuringia, studied with J C Kittel (1732–1809), a pupil of J S Bach, and eventually became Kantor at the music school in Darmstadt, in which town he was court organist. He composed prolifically, and an organ primer of his enjoyed wide currency. Based on a tune made familiar by Mozart (K265) and generally associated with the words ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’, Rinck’s Variations and finale on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman’, Op 90, was published by Simrock in 1828. A minor-key introduction leads to a simple harmonization of the tune, and there then follow nine variations and a spirited finale, which takes the form of a fugato.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2009

Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck (1770–1846) naquit à Elgersburg, en Thuringe, et étudia avec J. C. Kittel (1732–1809), un élève de J. S. Bach, avant de devenir Kantor à l’école de musique de Darmstadt, ville à la cour de laquelle il était également organiste. Compositeur prolifique, il rédigea un manuel élémentaire d’orgue qui connut une large diffusion. Fondées sur un air popularisé par Mozart (K265) et généralement associé aux mots «Twinkle, twinkle, little star», ses Variations et finale sur «Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman» op. 90 furent publiés par Simrock en 1828. Une introduction en mineur débouche sur une harmonisation simple de la mélodie, avant neuf variations et un finale enlevé, affectant la forme d’un fugato.

extrait des notes rédigées par Relf Clark © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck (1770–1846) wurde im thüringischen Elgersburg geboren, studierte bei J. C. Kittel (1732–1809), einem Schüler von Bach und wurde schließlich Kantor an der Musikschule in Darmstadt, wo er Hoforganist war. Er komponierte viel und seine Orgelschule war weit verbreitet. Rincks Variationen und Finale über „Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman“, op. 90, einer Melodie, die Mozart populär machte, und die auch als „Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann“ bekannt ist, wurden 1828 von Simrock veröffentlicht. Eine Einleitung in Moll führt zu einer simplen Harmonisierung der Melodie, der neun Variationen und ein lebhaftes Finale in Gestalt eines Fugato folgen.

aus dem Begleittext von Relf Clark © 2009
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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