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Track(s) taken from CDA67215

Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV1092

composer
Neumeister manuscript

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1999
Stadtkirche, Zofingen, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: January 2000
Total duration: 2 minutes 4 seconds
 

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David Goode (organ)

Reviews

'Early—yet highly innovative—Bach in attractive performances, enhanced by the beautiful sound of this Metzler organ … This instrument is one of the most beautiful organs I have ever heard, and Herrick exploits every conceivable combination of stops to achieve a pleasing variety of colour' (Gramophone)

'The cleanness of tone is matched by Herrick's sober and dignified approach, in which the music is simply allowed to speak for itself. Herrick aims not to capture the moment, but to unfold the music before us clearly and logically, and does so with panache' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Herrick's performances are well paced, carefully conceived and imaginatively registered; the counterpoint is always clear, and chorale melodies distinctly voiced' (International Record Review)

'A perfect match of music, organ and player' (Classic CD)

'Warmly commended' (Organists' Review)

'Of the several versions of the Neumeister collection, this beats the lot' (Fanfare, USA)
BWV1092 features a striking opposition between fast (semiquaver and demisemiquaver) embellishments that underpin the chorale, and the four-part hymn-like texture of conventional chorale harmonization. It is tempting to see in this contrast a symbolic reference to the spheres of the earth (with its ‘struggle’) and eternity (with its ‘rest’) that is central to the text of the chorale’s first verse. In any case, the musical result of this opposition is a catalogue of chorale embellishments, creating almost a miniature chorale partita. Note the characteristic echo effects at the start and end of the chorale, the latter playing around with the inflection of the chorale melody’s D/D sharp to provide a sense of momentum to the final embellished cadence.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017

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Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 5
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