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Track(s) taken from CDA67213/4

Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist, BWV671

1739; Clavier-Übung III, Liepzig

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: May 1998
Stadtkirche, Zofingen, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: January 1999
Total duration: 4 minutes 18 seconds

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Stephen Cleobury (organ)


'This set marks a significant addition to the Christopher Herrick Bach archive and is a further manifestation of the happy collaboration between the artist and his excellent recording team' (Organists' Review)

'Hugely rewarding playing of the highest order' (The Scotsman)

'This disc is a 'must' for all who love this wonderful music' (Cathedral Music)
Kyrie, Gott, heiliger Geist is the third of the Kyrie preludes: in the first, the chorale occurs in the highest part—God the Father—while in the second it comes in the tenor, the middle of the texture—God the Son (God among us). God, the Holy Ghost, underpins everything, and here the melody is in the bass. The manuals provide an imitative texture, thematically based on the plainsong-derived melody. (The Lutherans did not disdain to use prereformation music.) The late Pierre Boulez revered this piece as a fine example of non fugal imitation. It closes on a pedal G with a highly chromatic passage, astonishing even by the standards of Bach.

from notes by Emma Cleobury © 2016

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