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Track(s) taken from CDA67809

Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BuxWV224

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: 1 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)
The Chorale Prelude on ‘Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ’, BuxWV224, is based on a melody familiar from J S Bach’s ‘Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag’, BWV629, one of the preludes of his Orgelbüchlein, and Buxtehude anticipates him by grasping from the outset how well it lends itself to imitative treatment, each line of the melody being part of a polyphonic web created by the other voices’ introductory material. The melody’s final note is extended into a rising scale, which reminds one of ‘Komm, heiliger Geist’.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

Le Prélude-choral sur «Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ», BuxWV224, repose sur une mélodie rendue célèbre par l’un des préludes de l’Orgelbüchlein de J. S. Bach, «Erschienen ist des herrliche Tag», BWV629—et Buxtehude d’anticiper Bach en saisissant d’emblée combien cette mélodie se prête à un traitement imitatif, chaque ligne ressortissant à un réseau polyphonique généré par le matériau introductif des autres voix. La dernière note de la mélodie est étendue à une gamme ascendante, comme dans «Komm, heiliger Geist».

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

Das Choralvorspiel über „Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ“, BuxWV224, basiert auf einer Melodie, die aus J. S. Bachs „Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag“, BWV629, einem der Choralvorspiele aus dem Orgelbüchlein bekannt ist. Buxtehude kommt Bach zuvor, indem er von Anfang an erkennt, wie gut die Melodie sich zur imitativen Verarbeitung eignet, und jede Zeile ist Teil eines polyphonen Netzes, das aus dem Einführungsmaterial der anderen Stimmen gewoben wird. Die letzte Note der Melodie wird in eine aufsteigende Skala erweitert, was an „Komm, heiliger Geist“ erinnert.

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

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