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Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich, BuxWV202

Chorale Prelude

Christopher Herrick (organ)
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Recording details: February 2012
Mariager Klosterkirke, Denmark
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: December 2012
Total duration: 1 minutes 9 seconds

Cover artwork: Church Interior by Hendrik Cornelisz van Vliet (c1611-1675)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium / © Lukas - Art in Flanders VZW / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'A simply splendid album. The organ … is a delight to the ears, its manifest charms precisely mapped out in detailed registrations provided in the excellent booklet … above all, of course, is Herrick's immensely enjoyable playing … all in all a delight to the ears which brings a smile to the face and a lift to the soul' (Gramophone)

'Hugely successful … Herrick's performance of the Praeludium … is packed with personality and character … the freedom with which Herrick approaches this piece and the extent to which is it possible to hear the performer's voice, as well as that of the composer, projected in this performance, cannot be described as anything other than exhilarating … Herrick's playing is characteristically excellent throughout. His performances of the free works are, without exception, rhetorically engaging and lively, while the chorale melodies sing beautifully, such is his sensitive approach to musical line … very highly recommended' (International Record Review)

'Herrick's generously-timed programme consists of an entertaining mix of items, mainly Praeludia or Chorale Preludes. Slower, ruminative pieces alternate with boisterous, dramatic works in a recital that manages to be both elegant and fulgurous, profound and sensuous. Works generally run to less than four minutes each, but short does not equate with inconsequential in Buxtehude's music: even the merest pieces speak volumes about the composer's imagination, virtuosity and originality … this set ought to be the primary destination for collectors' (MusicWeb International)
Similarly, in the Chorale Prelude on ‘Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich’, BuxWV202, Buxtehude again sets a Christmas melody later worked by J S Bach (Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV609), and the treatment is appropriately rhythmical and joyful. Each of the four lines of the melody is introduced by a short imitative passage based upon its material. Unusually, there are two-voice chords for the pedals near the end; they immediately precede the typical Buxtehudian flourish given to the right hand in the final bars.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2012

Dans le Prélude-choral sur «Lob Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich», BuxWV202, Buxtehude recourt, là encore, à une mélodie de Noël que J. S. Bach reprendra (Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV609); le traitement est opportunément rythmique et allègre. Chacune des quatre lignes mélodiques est introduite par un court passage imitatif fondé sur son matériau. Une fois n’est pas coutume, il y a, vers la fin, des accords à deux voix, pour les pédales, juste avant la fioriture typiquement buxtehudienne octroyée à la main droite dans les dernières mesures.

extrait des notes rédigées par Relf Clark © 2012
Français: Hypérion

Auch das Choralvorspiel „Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich“, BuxWV202, in dem Buxtehude eine Weihnachtsmelodie verarbeitet, wurde später von J.S. Bach, wiederum in dessen Orgelbüchlein (BWV609), aufgegriffen. Die Behandlung der Melodie ist entsprechend rhythmisch und fröhlich. Die vier Melodielinien werden jeweils mit einer kurzen imitativen Passage eingeleitet, die aus ihrem eigenen Material bestehen. Ungewöhnlich jedoch sind die zweistimmigen Akkorde im Pedal gegen Ende; sie stehen unmittelbar vor den für Buxtehude typischen Schlussgesten in der rechten Hand.

aus dem Begleittext von Relf Clark © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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