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Track(s) taken from CDA66917

Toccata 'Von Himmel hoch'

on the tune by Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: July 1996
Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: April 1997
Total duration: 4 minutes 34 seconds


'This performance [Reubke] surpasses any version yet to appear on CD. I can't think of any other organ record which I've found so unfailingly magnificent' (Gramophone)
The Toccata ‘Vom Himmel hoch’ by the American organist-composer Garth Edmundson, a pupil of Bonnet, is like a vast and ostentatious stained-glass window. The continuous figuration of the first three verses becomes, in the last, punctuation for the lines of the chorale, in the manner of Bach’s In dulci jubilo.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1997

L’exubérance tapageuse de la Toccata «Vom Himmel hoch», de l’organiste-compositeur américain Garth Edmundson (élève de Bonnet), s’apparente à un grand vitrail ostentatoire. La figuration continue des trois versets devient, à la fin, une ponctuation pour les lignes du choral, à la manière du In dulci jubilo de Bach.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Westrop © 1997
Français: Hypérion

Die Toccata ‘Vom Himmel hoch’ des amerikanischen Organisten und Komponisten Garth Edmundson, einem Schüler von Bonnet, wohl ein riesiges und prachtvolles buntes Glasfenster dar. Die konstante Figuration der ersten drei Verse läßt diese letztlich zur Interpunktion der Choralzeilen werden, ganz nach Art von Bachs In dulci jubilo.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1997
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner

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