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Praeludium in E major, BuxWV141


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: 7 minutes 18 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)
Running to over 100 bars, the Praeludium in E major, BuxWV141, shows Buxtehude at his most exuberantly inventive. Twelve bars of free writing introduce a fugue whose sturdy, melodious subject looks forward to the great fugue (the so-called ‘St Anne’) with which J S Bach concluded Part III of his Clavierübung. A free interlude then introduces a manuals-only Presto section (at 4'03''). The time signature then changes from 4/4 to 12/8, and there is a very brief, jig-like fugue. A grand Adagio leads to the short fugue with which the work straightforwardly concludes.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2012

Dépassant les cent mesures, le Praeludium en mi majeur, BuxWV141, montre Buxtehude dans son inventivité la plus exubérante. Douze mesures d’écriture libre introduisent une fugue dont le sujet vigoureux, mélodieux, annonce la grande fugue (la «sainte Anne») concluant la Partie III de la Clavierübung bachienne. Un interlude libre amène ensuite une section Presto adressée aux seuls manuels (à 4'03''). Puis le signe de la mesure passe de 4/4 à 12/8, et l’on entend une brévissime fugue à la gigue. Un grandiose Adagio mène à la courte fugue qui conclut l’œuvre sans phrases.

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

Das Präludium in E-Dur, BuxWV141, ist über 100 Takte lang und zeigt Buxtehude von seiner überschwänglichsten und einfallsreichsten Seite. Eine zwölftaktige, freie Passage leitet eine Fuge ein, deren robustes, melodiöses Thema die große Fuge ahnen lässt, mit der J.S. Bach den dritten Teil seiner Clavierübung abschloss. Ein freies Zwischenspiel führt dann in ein manualiter Presto (bei 4'03''). Die Taktbezeichnung wechselt darauf von 4/4 zu 12/8 und es erklingt eine sehr kurze, gigueartige Fuge. Ein prachtvolles Adagio leitet in die kurze Fuge hinüber, die das Werk ohne Umschweife zu Ende bringt.

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

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