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Track(s) taken from CDA67263

Fugue in G major, BWV581

doubtful attribution

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1999
Pfarrkirche St Michael, Kaisten, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: October 2000
Total duration: 1 minutes 26 seconds


'Superlatives all round for the last instalment in this exuberant, outstandingly played series … excellent documentation, superbly recorded sound, an enchanting instrument and, of course, outstanding playing. The freshness and joie de vivre that Herrick brings to all Bach’s music makes this cycle a winner' (Gramophone)

'This is a most rewarding recital, very highly recommended' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)
The little three-part Fugue in G major, BWV581, survives on a single manuscript sheet which also contains an anonymous chorale prelude. The fugal working is not very developed but the composer creates variety by ocasionally omitting the first three notes of the theme. An alteration to the rising interval at the end of the second bar also serves to heighten its expressive effect.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2000

La petite Fugue tripartite en sol majeur BWV581 survit sur un unique feuillet manuscrit, aux côtés d’un prélude-choral anonyme. Le travail fugué n’est pas très développé, mais le compositeur suscite la variété en omettant parfois les trois premières notes du thème. Une altération de l’intervalle ascendant, à la fin de la deuxième mesure, contribue aussi à rehausser son effet expressif.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Westrop © 2000
Français: Hypérion

Die kleine dreistimmige Fuge in G-Dur BWV581 ist auf einem einzelnen Blatt handschriftlich notiert, auf dem auch das Choralpräludium eines unbekannten Verfassers verzeichnet ist. Die fugale Ausführung ist nicht sehr weit entwickelt, doch der Komponist sorgt für Abwechslung, indem er gelegentlich die ersten drei Töne des Themas ausläßt. Eine Hochalteration am Ende des zweiten Takts dient außerdem dazu, dessen expressive Wirkung zu steigern.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 2000
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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Bach: The Complete Organ Works
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