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Track(s) taken from CDA66457

Offertoire in D minor


Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: September 1990
St Eustache, Paris, France
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: May 1991
Total duration: 5 minutes 38 seconds


'My vote for the best organ record of 1991 … another Herrick/Hyperion marvel' (Gramophone)

'Here is something truly spectacular. Hyperion's vivid recording of this magnificent instrument stands out as one of the best recordings of an organ currently available on CD' (The Good CD Guide)

'A treasure chest of sparkling jewels … polished and displayed to perfection' (Organists' Review)
The Offertoire in D minor is a reminder that for much of the last century, music in French churches aspired to the theatricality of the opera house. Its dramatic curtain-raiser of an opening is followed by a cantilena fit for a coloratura, before another episode of stormy high drama leads the music to a triumphal closing cadence which provides the escape from the dark dungeons of D minor.

from notes by Ian Carson © 1991

L'Offertoire en ré mineur nous rappelle que pendant une grande partie du siècle dernier la musique dans les églises françaises aspirait au théâtralisme de l'opéra. Son «lever de rideau» dramatique est suivi par une cantilène digne d'une colorature, avant qu'un autre épisode orageux très dramatique ne mène la musique à une cadence finale triomphale qui permet de fuir les sombres cachots du ré mineur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ian Carson © 1991
Français: Alain Midoux

Das Offertoire in d-Moll führt uns vor Augen, daß die französische Kirchenmusik fast des gesamten 19. Jahrhunderts der Theatralik des Opernhauses nacheiferte. Dem dramatischen Auftakt des Offertoire folgt eine Kantilene, die der Interpretation durch einen Koloratursopran würdig wäre. Dann führt eine ungestüm dramatische Episode die Musik einer triumphellen Schlußkadenz zu, die Befreiung aus den finsteren Verliesen der Tonart d-Moll bietet.

aus dem Begleittext von Ian Carson © 1991
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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