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Track(s) taken from CDA67876

Praeambulum in A minor, BuxWV158


Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: January 2011
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Paul Spicer & Simon Eadon
Engineered by Dave Rowell & Simon Eadon
Release date: September 2011
Total duration: 4 minutes 35 seconds

Cover artwork: Interior of a Gothic Church (1787) by Johann Ludwig Ernst Morgenstern (1738-1819)
Schlossmuseum, Scholl Friedenstein, Gotha, Germany / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Christopher Herrick's performances in this series have breathed musical life into the rich repertoire of organ music by Buxtehude and this release is no exception. The expressive and thoughtful interpretations of the repertoire presented on this disc make it a worthwhile addition to any collection' (International Record Review)

'Christopher Herrick clocks up another memorable recording. His terrifically nimble-fingered and fleet-footed playing betrays no sign of someone soon to be entering his eighth decade! There is surely nothing to be said against another complete set of Buxtehude's organ works when the music is this good or performed this well. The technical sound quality and chapel acoustics are very good, and the Trinity College organ —Metzler-built, like those in Herrick's celebrated complete Bach organ cycle, and dating back only as far as 1976, though incorporating seven ranks from Trinity predecessors from 1694 and 1708—sounds superb. Not particularly authentic but Buxtehude himself would almost certainly have enjoyed its breadth and power. As usual with Hyperion, the trilingual CD booklet gives excellent information on the music, track by track, not to mention a full description of the organ, including registrations for each of the pieces' (MusicWeb International)
The Praeambulum in A minor, BuxWV158, begins with an improvisatory paragraph in which the music unfolds over long-held pedal notes. Based on a steady, four-crotchet subject, the first fugue becomes increasingly animated. It comes to rest with a Phrygian cadence (at about 3'02''), and without interpolating any free material Buxtehude immediately embarks on a short second fugue, its subject comprising two groups of six quavers. The brief coda recalls the work’s opening bars.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2011

Le Praeambulum en la mineur BuxWV158 s’ouvre sur un paragraphe à l’improvisade où la musique s’éploie par-dessus des notes pédales tenues. Fondée sur un sujet stable de quatre noires, la première fugue s’anime de plus en plus. Le repos survient avec une cadence phrygienne (vers 3'02'') et, sans interpoler de matériau libre, Buxtehude embraye sur une courte seconde fugue, au sujet comprenant deux groupes de six croches. La brève coda rappelle les mesures initiales de l’œuvre.

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

Das Präambulum in a-Moll, BuxWV158, beginnt mit einer improvisatorischen Passage, in der sich die Musik über lang ausgehaltenen Orgelpunkten entfaltet. Die erste Fuge basiert auf einem regelmäßigen Thema aus vier Vierteln und wird immer lebhafter. Bei einer phrygischen Kadenz (bei etwa 3'02'') hält sie inne und ohne die Einfügung eines freien Zwischenspiels fährt Buxtehude sofort mit einer kurzen zweiten Fuge fort, deren Thema aus zwei Gruppen von jeweils sechs Achteln besteht. In der kurzen Coda wird an die ersten Takte des Stücks erinnert.

aus dem Begleittext von Relf Clark © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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