Bach: Neumeister Chorales
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The pieces on this disc originate from an extremely exciting discovery from 1985—a manuscript anthology of chorale preludes, compiled by Johann Gottfried Neumeister in the last decade of the 18th century and identified as containing over 30 previously unknown chorale preludes dating from Bach's formative years.

There is tremendous variety and imagination in this collection and these little-known pieces surely deserve to be more widely appreciated, hence this recording as part of Christopher Herrick's complete survey of Bach's organ works for Hyperion. They offer a fascinating insight into the development of the young composer and also give glimpses of the man he was to become.

CDA67215  79 minutes 7 seconds
‘Early—yet highly innovative—Bach in attractive performances, enhanced by the beautiful sound of this Metzler organ … This instrument is one of the most beautiful organs I have ever heard, and He ...
‘The cleanness of tone is matched by Herrick's sober and dignified approach, in which the music is simply allowed to speak for itself. Herrick aims not to capture the moment, but to unfold the music b ...
‘Herrick's performances are well paced, carefully conceived and imaginatively registered; the counterpoint is always clear, and chorale melodies distinctly voiced’ (International Record Review)