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Track(s) taken from CDA67964

Praeludium in G major, BuxWV147


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 57 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 first section of the Praeludium in G major, BuxWV147, is a good example of Buxtehude’s most flamboyant and expansive improvisatory mode; the noble fugue is based on a hymn-like, all-crotchet subject comparable in some ways with that of the E major Praeludium, BuxWV141. After the dominant cadence at bar 49 a second exposition begins (at 2'29''), based on a shorter version of the subject, and a brief coda rounds off the proceedings in typically Buxtehudian high spirits.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2012

La première section du Praeludium en sol majeur, BuxWV147, illustre bien le mode improvisé, très flamboyant et expressif, de Buxtehude; la fugue majestueuse repose sur un sujet hymnique, tout en noires, comparable, à certains égards, à celui du Praeludium en mi majeur BuxWV141. Passé la cadence à la dominante (mesure 49), une seconde exposition commence (à 2'29''), bâtie sur une version abrégée du sujet, et une brève coda clôt l’œuvre dans une pétulance toute buxtehudienne.

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

Der erste Teil der Präludium in G-Dur, BuxWV147, illustriert Buxtehudes üppigen und ausgedehnten Improvisationsstil sehr schön; der noblen Fuge liegt ein hymnusartiges, ausschließlich aus Viertelnoten bestehendes Thema zugrunde, das gewisse Parallelen zu dem E-Dur-Präludium BuxWV141 aufweist. Nach der Kadenz in Takt 49, die auf der Dominante endet, beginnt eine zweite Exposition (bei 2'29''), der eine kürzere Version des Themas zugrunde liegt; eine kurze Coda rundet das Geschehen in typisch Buxtehudischer Hochstimmung ab.

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

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