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Track(s) taken from CDA67071/2

Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV701/700


Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1995
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: April 1996
Total duration: 4 minutes 0 seconds


'Not only has Herrick found a simply ravishing Swiss organ which he uses with impeccable good taste, but the Hyperion team have come up with a top-notch recording. Once again they've given us a disc which combines consummate musical insight and technical mastery with sheer unalloyed listening pleasure' (Gramophone)

'Herrick has once again shown that his command of the Bach idiom is as total as any other contemporary organist's … An impressive addition to a milestone collection' (Classic CD)

'An indispensable collection and one I should not be happy to be without' (Organists' Review)

'Bach at his most tuneful and diverting and Herrick's style is particularly suited to them' (Soundscapes, Australia)
Semiquavers run down like angels descending from heaven in the fughetta on Martin Luther’s hymn beginning with the words of the Christmas angel ‘From Heaven above to here I come’, whilst the fughetta that follows it grows into a fugue as it moves joyously in four- part counterpoint. This is an early work with successive lines of the chorale melody in the pedals delineating the sections.

from notes by Ian Carson © 1996

Sechzehntelnoten gleiten wie Engel vom Himmel in dieser Fugette von Martin Luthers Kirchenlied, das mit den Worten der Weihnacht beginnt, während die darauffolgende Fugette sich freudvoll in einen vierstimmigen Kontrapunkt bewegend zu einer Fuge entwickelt. Es ist eine frühe Arbeit, in der die Choralmelodie in den nachfolgenden Linien von den Pedaltönen, die die Passagen skizzieren, ausgedrückt wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Ian Carson © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

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