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Track(s) taken from CDA67809

Praeludium in A minor, BuxWV153


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: 5 minutes 46 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)
The Praeludium in A minor, BuxWV153, begins with an extemporary section which draws to a close over a long pedal. Two fugues then follow, the subject of the first one making a feature of repeated notes, the subject of the second a compound-time variant of the first; and there is a brilliant coda in which at one point contrary motion produces harmony of a startlingly modern-sounding kind.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

Le Praeludium en la mineur, BuxWV153, part sur une section improvisée qui se finit par-dessus une longue pédale. S’ensuivent deux fugues, la seconde étant une variante en mesure composée de la première, dont le sujet fait un trait de notes répétées; enfin, dans la brillante coda, un mouvement contraire produit une harmonie à la sonorité étonnamment moderne.

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

Das Praeludium in a-Moll, BuxWV153, beginnt mit einer improvisierten Passage, die über einem langen Orgelton schließt. Dann folgen zwei Fugen: das Thema des ersten zeichnet sich durch Tonrepetitionen aus, das Thema des zweiten ist eine Variante des ersten in einer zusammengesetzten ungeraden Taktart, dem eine brillante Coda folgt, deren Gegenbewegungen an einer Stelle erstaunlich moderne Harmonien erzeugen.

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

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