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Track(s) taken from CDA67211/2

Prelude in A minor, BWV551


Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: November 1996
Stadtkirche, Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 5 minutes 20 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 Prelude in A minor, BWV551 corresponds to the scale of the North German models for this type of composition. The sections are all much shorter than in the E major Toccata and the two fugue subjects are less obviously related, but the rising chromatic phrase, which is an element of both, gives a feeling of unity. The highly concentrated postlude—based largely on new material—rounds off the piece in a dramatic and exciting fashion.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1997

Die Form des Präludiums in a-Moll, BWV551, ist ähnlicher Natur, jedoch in kleinerem Rahmen. Hinsichtlich seines Umfangs entspricht es eher den norddeutschen Beispielen dieses Genres. Die Präludiumsteile sind generell kürzer als die Teile der E-Dur-Toccata, und die Verbindung der beiden Fugenthemen ist weniger offensichtlich. Durch eine ansteigende chromatische Phrase—ein Element, das beide Fugenthemen gemeinsam haben—entsteht jedoch ein Gefühl der Einheit. Das äußerst konzentrierte Nachspiel, das größtenteils auf neuem Material basiert, verleiht dem Stück einen dramatischen und spannenden Schluß.

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

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