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Track(s) taken from CDA67211/2

Fantasia con imitatione in B minor, BWV563


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 30 seconds


'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 Fantasia con imitatione in B minor, BWV563, treats a similar figure in imitation (see the Fantasia in C major, BWV570) and then, over a subdominant pedal, the rhythm opens out into flowing semiquavers leading to a tiny postlude. The flowing theme of the imitatio, which appears several times in its inverted form, and the smoothness of the contrapuntal writing have a vocal quality not generally found in the early works, making it a ‘miniature’ gem.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1997

Die Fantasia con imitatione in b-Moll, BWV563, behandelt eine ähnliche Figur auf imitierende Weise. Der Rhythmus geht anschließend über einem subdominantischen Orgelpunkt in einen Sechzehntelfluß über und leitet ein winziges Nachspiel ein. Das fließende Imitationsthema, das mehrmals in seiner Umkehrung auftaucht, und der geschmeidige Fluß der kontrapunktischen Entwicklungen weisen vokale Züge auf, die gewöhnlich nicht in den frühen Werken zu finden sind und dieses Stück somit zu einem ‘Miniaturjuwel’ machen.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1997
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner

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