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Buxtehude: The Complete Organ Works Vol 1 / Christopher Herrick


Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67666   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BUXTEHUDE Preludia: in D, BuxWV 139; in g, BuxWV 150; in G , BuxWV 162; in A, BuxWV 151. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein . Fuga in C, BuxWV 174. Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder. Ich dank dir schon durch deinen Sohn. Canzona in d, BuxWV 168. Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist. Ciaccona in c, BuxWV 159. Toccata in F, BuxWV 157. Magnificat noni toni , BuxWV 205. Auf meinen lieben Gott. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott Christopher Herrick (org) HYPERION 67666 (78:05)


In Fanfare 31:6 I reviewed another Christopher Herrick release on Hyperion, a volume from the “Organ Fireworks” series. I singled out the two works of Buxtehude on that CD as particular highlights. Thus, I was pleased to receive this new offering, the first in Herrick’s complete Buxtehude organ cycle for Hyperion. Though renowned primarily for his performances of 19th- and 20th-century music, these recordings continue prove (as did his cycle of Bach’s organ music) that Herrick is equally adept in earlier repertoire.


With the 300th anniversary of Buxtehude’s death during the 2006–07 concert season, his music has been even more widely heard than usual on recent organ recitals. There are a number of complete Buxtehude organ music cycles on recordings, but even after one volume, I feel that Herrick stacks up extremely well against my previous personal favorite—Hans Davidsson on Loft. Davidsson (like many other organists who approach this repertoire) uses instruments in period temperaments, including mean-tone organs. Though Herrick is clearly not adverse to this approach (his recording of the music of Sweelinck makes use of a mean-tone instrument), this Buxtehude recording is made on the 1969 Andersen organ of Helsingør Cathedral in St. Olai, Denmark; it is a mechanical action instrument whose superb articulation and color fit this music very well. As I said in my previous commentary on Herrick and this repertoire, “For this listener, early-Baroque German organ literature is most effective when played with a sense of glee, reveling at the free-wheeling, ‘jump-cut’ sense of structure.” Herrick’s performances are thus very characterful, embracing fully of the spirit of the music


Through no fault of Herrick or Hyperion, I believe that this disc is best experienced in partial bursts. Even though the repertoire has been chosen with the intent of creating a diverse program, “Buxtehude fatigue” sets in by the midpoint when the same musical devices recur with frequency. The repertoire chosen for this first volume encompasses some of the most familiar of Buxtehude’s works (e.g., Toccata in F and Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist ) as well as a number of works that are less often heard in concert. Interspersed between the freely structured concert pieces are some of Buxtehude’s chorale preludes. Though not as much fun as the preludes and fantasias, it is easy to see why these very expressive miniatures (and Buxthude’s output as a whole) were held in such high esteem by J. S. Bach.


Herrick is one of the finest organists of our time, and Hyperion is probably the best record label today for recorded organ sound. For organ music enthusiasts, this disc is self-recommending. For others who are less familiar with this repertoire, Herrick’s Buxtehude is a wonderful introduction to music of great character.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, g'mein, BuxWV 210 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Fugue for Organ in C major, BuxWV 174 "Gigue" by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3.
Ach Herr, mich armer Sünder, BuxWV 178 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Canzonetta for Organ in D minor, BuxWV 168 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
Ciacona for Organ in C minor, BuxWV 159 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Praeludium for Keyboard in D major, BuxWV 139 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV 221 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
Ich dank' dir schon durch deinen Sohn, BuxWV 195 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
9.
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV 208 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Praeludium for Keyboard in G minor, BuxWV 150 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
11.
Toccata for Keyboard in F major, BuxWV 157 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12.
Magnificat noni toni in D minor, BuxWV 205 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13.
Praeludium for keyboard in G minor, BuxWV 163 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
14.
Auf meinen lieben Gott, BuxWV 179 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
15.
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
16.
Praeludium for Keyboard in A major, BuxWV 151 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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