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Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV204

Chorale Fantasia

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: 4 minutes 17 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 Chorale Fantasia on ‘Magnificat primi toni’, BuxWV204, falls into two sections, the first a lively double fugue, the second an austerely beautiful double fugue in the vocal style (‘stile antico’) associated with such sixteenth-century composers as Palestrina (and in its use of invertible counterpoint illustrating the sophistication Buxtehude’s technique was capable of embracing).

from notes by Relf Clark © 2012

La Fantaisie-choral sur le «Magnificat primi toni», BuxWV204, est découpée en deux doubles fugues, l’une enjouée et l’autre d’une austère beauté, dans le style vocal («stile antico») associé aux compositeurs du XVIe siècle comme Palestrina (son usage du contrepoint réversible illustre quelle sophistication technique Buxtehude pouvait embrasser).

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

Die Choralfantasie über das „Magnificat primi toni“, BuxWV204, gliedert sich in zwei Teile, wobei der erste eine lebendige Doppelfuge und der zweite eine enthaltsam-schöne Doppelfuge in dem Vokalstil („stile antico“) ist, der an die Komponisten des 16. Jahrhunderts wie etwa Palestrina erinnert (wozu auch der Einsatz des umkehrbaren Kontrapunkts gehört, der das anspruchsvolle Niveau von Buxtehudes Kompositionstechnik illustriert).

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

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