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Track(s) taken from CDA67855

Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV203

chorale fantasia

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 2010
St-Louis-en-l'Île, Paris, France
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon & Will Brown
Release date: March 2011
Total duration: 8 minutes 5 seconds

Cover artwork: A Church Interior by Anthonie de Lorme (1610-1673)
Johnny van Haeften Gallery, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The Praeludium in F sharp minor brings the disc to an arresting conclusion. The performance is exhilarating and Herrick judges the pacing to perfect dramatic ends while also having the opportunity to show off his brilliantly agile pedal technique … this recording, along with its two predecessors in the series, is a first-rate addition to the catalogue. On this evidence, Herrick's next release should be eagerly awaited' (International Record Review)
The Chorale Fantasia on the ‘Magnificat primi toni’, BuxWV203, a plainsong-based work, is the longer of the two Buxtehude works with this title. It comprises a flamboyant introduction—expressive, surely, of the exultation of the Virgin Mary—followed by eight sections, each based on a portion of the plainsong melody. It therefore has the sectional form of a praeludium, but it differs in that, with the exception of the seven-bar Lento beginning at bar 69 (3'25''), each is more or less strict in character.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2011

Reposant sur le plain-chant, la Fantaisie-choral sur le «Magnificat primi toni» BuxWV203 est la plus longue des deux œuvres de Buxtehude portant ce titre. Comprenant une introduction flamboyante—expression certaine de l’exultation de la Vierge Marie—, suivie de huit sections fondées chacune sur une portion de la mélodie grégorienne, elle affecte la forme compartimentée d’un praeludium, à ceci près que chaque section, excepté le Lento de sept mesures démarrant à la mesure 69, a un caractère plus ou moins strict.

extrait des notes rédigées par Relf Clark © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Die Choralfantasia über „Magnificat primi toni“, BuxWV203 ist ein auf Gregorianischem Gesang aufbauende Werk und das längere der beiden Buxtehude-Werke mit diesem Titel. Es besteht aus einer farbenprächtigen Einleitung, zweifellos eine Huldigung an die Jungfrau Maria, und acht Abschnitten, deren jeder auf einem Teil der Melodie des Gregorianischen Gesangs aufbaut. Dadaurch erhält das Werk die Form eines in Abschnitte unterteilten Präludiums, das sich jedoch dadurch unterscheidet, dass die einzelnen Abschnitte mit Ausnahme des sieben Takte langen, mit Takt 69 beginnenden Lento mehr oder weniger strikten Charakter haben.

aus dem Begleittext von Relf Clark © 2011
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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