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Track(s) taken from CDA67215

Ach Gott, tu dich erbarmen, BWV1109

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 11 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)
BWV1109 is set intricately, with fugal episodes interspersing the chorale melody. The ambiguous modality of the original melody is reflected in the prelude, and its initial three repeated notes give impetus to the three-time metre of the setting. The text’s request for mercy on God’s repentant people can perhaps be heard in some of the more chromatic inflections of the harmony.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017

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