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Track(s) taken from CDA67211/2

Little Fugue in G minor, BWV578


Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: November 1996
Stadtkirche, Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 3 minutes 28 seconds

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David Goode (organ)


'Just as, in my youth, I almost preferred to lick the scrapings from the bowls in which my mother had prepared cakes than to savout the finished product, so I am tempted almost to prefer these crumbs from the table of a great genius to those stupendous musical feats which are everybody's idea of the real J S Bach. Here is music every bit as worthy of close attention as anything Bach wrote for the organ. Herrick displays immaculate taste. This is playing of the very highest order … superlative artistry' (Gramophone)

'An attractive way of gathering up some of Bach's less obvious masterpieces, and they are all splendidly played, and recorded on a fine Swiss organ' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Christopher Herrick possède une technique supérieure et un grand toucher. Il nous fait parcourir ces pages de jeunesse avec une fraîcheur, une bonne humeur, un lyrisme et une entrain communicatif' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)
The Fugue in G minor, BWV578, is sometimes called the ‘Little’ G minor Fugue, to differentiate it from its more famous cousin, BWV542. Yet this is misleading; BWV578, though shorter than BWV542, is still grandly conceived. The subject is long, highly melodic, and given rhythmic variety: it moves from slow to fast note values. Even the key—G minor—seems to be driven home with more weight than might usually be found in a short fugue: the home key—G minor—is emphasised by an unusual additional tonic entry of the subject at the end of the Fugue’s first section. Yet the Fugue’s weightiness is balanced by a playful quality to the style, compelled by harmonic strength that underpins lyrical counterpoint, a reason that has guaranteed its success in an orchestration by Leopold Stowkowski.

from notes by George Parsons © 2016

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Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 3
Studio Master: SIGCD803Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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