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Bach: Organ Cornucopia / Christopher Herrick


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67139   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This ‘Cornucopia’ of small-scale pieces (small despite grand titles like ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Concerto’) forms part of Christopher Herrick's project to record all Bach's organ works. He leaves five unfinished items as torsos, without supplying completions, which is fair enough, though there is no mystery about what would round off the Pedal-Exercitium, for feet only, satisfactorily. Several pieces are chorale-based, but one of the most fascinating is an exploratory excursion called Kleines harmonisches Labyrinth, a little reminiscent of Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue. The organ in a church in Kaisten, Switzerland, is a modest two-manual instrument with 21 stops, built in 1975 by the firm of Metzler, whose organs elsewhere in Switzerland Read more Herrick has chosen for the whole series. It proves versatile throughout the disc's thirty tracks, and Herrick is able to come up with a seemingly limitless variety of sonorities. It's also recorded beautifully, with just the right sense of reverberant space and a vivid perspective for pipes which are relatively near or far away. All this creates a harmonious atmosphere for the music's spirit to breathe, and Herrick's crisp articulation makes for clarity without mannerism. Details of his choice of stops are given for each track. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Mazagine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasie in C major, BWV 573 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Fantasie and Fugue in C minor, BWV 562: Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 764 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1708-17; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Jesu meine Freude, BWV 753 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Pedal-Exercitium, BWV 598 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 762 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Fantasie in G major, BWV 571 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
8.
Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh' darein, BWV 741 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Ach, was ist doch unser Leben, BWV 743 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Fugue in D major, BWV 580 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11.
Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV 747 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12.
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 754 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13.
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 723 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Prelude in C major, BWV 567 [now known to be by J. L. Krebs] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1781 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
15.
Fugue in C major, BWV 946 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
16.
O Vater, allmächtiger Gott, BWV 758 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
17.
Kleines harmonisches Labyrinth, BWV 591 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
18.
Concerto for Organ solo in E flat major, BWV 597 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
19.
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BWV 755 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
20.
Wir glauben all'an einen Gott, BWV 765 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
21.
Trio for Organ in G minor, BWV 584 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
22.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 531 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
23.
Herr Christ, der einig Gottes, BWV Anh. 55 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714-1717 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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