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Track(s) taken from CDA67809

Mensch, willt du leben seliglich, BuxWV206

Chorale Prelude

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: January 2009
Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon & Sean Lewis
Release date: January 2010
Total duration: 2 minutes 13 seconds

Cover artwork: Church interior, with people at prayer in the foreground and a small procession in the main aisle by Bartolomeus van Bassen (c1590-1652)
Johnny van Haeften Gallery, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The magnificent 1741 Wagner organ in Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral. In possession of some pugnacious reeds and a thrilling 'pleno', it's an ideal choice for a disc which includes some big-boned praeludia as well as Buxtehude's most extended organ work: the imposing Fantasia on the Te Deum whose architectural acuity Herrick unfolds with magisterial authority … Herrick's flair for apposite registration illuminates at every turn … sonorously splendiferous' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The ambitions Te Deum and the grand Praeludium in C major confirm Buxtehude's inspiring originality. No wonder the young Bach once walked 200 miles to hear him play' (The Observer)
In the Chorale Prelude ‘Mensch, willt du leben seliglich’, BuxWV206, each line of the Lutheran melody is introduced by, and is the basis of, a brief passage of imitative writing, the melody itself, lightly embellished, being given to the uppermost voice and played on a separate manual.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

Dans le Prélude-choral «Mensch, willt du leben seliglich», BuxWV206, chaque phrase de la mélodie luthérienne est introduite par ce qui lui sert aussi d’assise: un bref passage en écriture imitative, la mélodie même, légèrement ornée, étant confiée à la voix supérieure et jouée sur un manuel séparé.

extrait des notes rédigées par Relf Clark © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Im Choralvorspiel „Mensch, willt du leben seliglich“, BuxWV206, führt eine kurze auf der lutherischen Melodie basierende imitative Passage jeweils eine Zeile der Melodie selbst ein, die leicht verziert der höchsten Stimme übergeben und auf einem separaten Manual gespielt wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Relf Clark © 2010
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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