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Track(s) taken from CDA67855

Puer natus in Bethlehem, BuxWV217

chorale prelude

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: 0 minutes 54 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 Prelude on ‘Puer natus in Bethlehem’, BuxWV217, a Christmas work, is among the simplest of Buxtehude’s chorale settings. The melody is only slightly embellished, and its lines are separated by the shortest of interludes, but there is subtlety in the way in which the pedals and the melody are at two points briefly in canon.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2011

Le Prélude-choral sur «Puer natus in Bethlehem» BuxWV217, une œuvre de Noël, est l’une des plus simples mises en musique de choral réalisées par Buxtehude. La mélodie n’est que légèrement ornée, et ses lignes sont séparées par le plus court des interludes; c’est néanmoins avec subtilité que les pédales et la mélodie se retrouvent, par deux fois, brièvement en canon.

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

Das Choralpräludium über „Puer natus in Bethlehem“, BuxWV217 ist ein Weihnachtsstück und eine der einfachsten von Buxtehudes Choralvertonungen. Die Melodie ist nur sparsam verziert, die Zeilen sind durch ausgesprochene Zwischenspiele voneinander getrennt, und die Pedale und die Melodie treffen auf subtile Weise zweimal im Kanon zusammen.

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

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