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Organ Fireworks Vol 13 / Christopher Herrick


Release Date: 05/12/2009 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67734   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Guy WeitzDerek BourgeoisJohann Christian H RinckOtto Emanuel Olsson,   ... 
Performer:  Christopher Herrick
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Christopher Herrick continues the Scandinavian leg of his endlessly popular Organ Fireworks series with a disc of music performed on the great organ of Västerås Cathedral in Sweden. The programme is, as ever, a tempting pot-pourri of pieces from around the world, some popular, some rare; some light-hearted and some serious, and demonstrating all facets of virtuoso writing for the organ. Highlights include a contribution from a Swedish composer: Otto Olsson's magnificent Introduction and Allegro 'Credo in unum Deum'. Duruflé's Choral Varié on Veni Creator is a work of immense grandeur and majesty, and the performance shows Herrick to be a master of the classic French idiom. The present day is represented by Derek Bourgeois, one of the most Read more prolific of living composers writing for the organ. Vaughan Williams' Prelude and Fugue in C minor displays a gritty, truculent brand of counterpoint that anticipates the dissonance and fury of his Symphony No 4 in F minor. William Mathias's Recessional is a classic 'Organ Fireworks' number: an athletic display of quick-fire semiquavers alternating with march-like passages with a tramping bass, and ending with a colourful, crashing explosion of notes. Praise for ORGAN FIREWORKS Volume 12 CDA67612 'The unfailingly superb Christopher Herrick ... this instrument is just right for this music, and the sumptuous Hyperion sound captures it all with great clarity ... these are fireworks good and proper, lit with unerring precision and vividly displayed ... Herrick has come up with performances of the two great French show-pieces which are so perfectly suited to the instrument that these wonderful performances stand as yardsticks ... you have, for my money at least, the most glitteringly splendiferous set of Fireworks so far' (International Record Review) Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Grand choeur by Guy Weitz
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2. Prelude and Toccata by Derek Bourgeois
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 9 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3. Variations for Organ on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman", Op. 90 by Johann Christian H Rinck
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
4. Credo symfoniacum, Op. 50: 1st movement, Introduction and Allegro "Credo in unum Deum" by Otto Emanuel Olsson
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Sweden 
Length: 13 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5. Dedication March by William Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
6. Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, Op. 98 by Edwin Lemare
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1920 
Length: 8 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7. Room Music Tit Bits: Handel in the Strand by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Wolfgang Stockmeier. 
8. Prelude and Fugue in C minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
Length: 10 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9. Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on "Veni Creator", Op. 4 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10. Recessional, Op. 96 no 4 by William Mathias
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Wales, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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