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Track(s) taken from CDA67215

Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen, BWV1093

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 27 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)
This beautiful miniature contains a wealth of material in its short span (37 bars). Its text is a Passion hymn by J Heermann, famously found in both the St John and St Matthew Passions. The melancholy affect is created by the slow-moving counterpoint, spiced with suspensions and chromatic lines. The first half of the setting is slow, containing nothing faster than a quaver, but gradually semiquavers are introduced that energise the second half of the prelude, eventually spinning out in imitation. Note the final notes of the melody are filled in chromatically, highlighting the poignancy that is at the heart of both the theology and the music of the prelude.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017

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Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 5
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