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Track(s) taken from CDA67964

Praeludium in F major, BuxWV144


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: 3 minutes 4 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)
The Praeludium in F major, BuxWV144, abandons the alternation of free and strict passages characteristic of most of the praeludia. Instead, it anticipates the two-movement works of J S Bach by being in two clearly defined sections, the first a free passage of 17 bars, the second a concise fugue based on a shapely subject.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2012

Le Praeludium en fa majeur, BuxWV144, délaisse l’alternance de passages libres et stricts, commune à la plupart des praeludia, pour anticiper les œuvres en deux mouvements de J. S. Bach: il présente deux sections bien définies, un passage libre de dix-sept mesures et une fugue concise fondée sur un sujet bien tourné.

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

Das Präludium in F-Dur, BuxWV144, wendet sich von dem Alternieren freier und strenger Passagen ab, das für den Großteil der Präludien so charakteristisch ist. Stattdessen werden hier durch die klar umrissenen beiden Abschnitte—der erste eine freie Passage von 17 Takten und der zweite eine prägnante Fuge mit einem wohlgestalteten Thema—die zweisätzigen Werke J.S. Bachs antizipiert.

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

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