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Bach: The Neumeister Chorales / Christopher Herrick


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67215   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Early - yet highly innovative - Bach in attractive performances, enhanced by the beautiful sound of this Metzler organ.


These 38 chorale preludes come from a collection of 83 pieces compiled in the 18th century by Johann Gottfried Neumeister. The collection eventually made its way to Yale University, where it was discovered by the Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. Bach's preludes are early works, and as Wolff so aptly wrote: 'Already there is innovation. There is a degree of originality and sophistication that is really quite remarkable.'

Herrick gives clear, attractive performances with rhythmic articulation and lively ornamentation. Some listeners may find his playing too calculated and
Read more self-conscious; however, these are sprightly readings, free of excessive mannerisms. The most enjoyable aspect of the CD is the way Herrick gives each chorale prelude its own distinct sound world, despite having only a nine-stop, one-manual Metzler organ. This instrument is one of the most beautiful organs I have ever heard, and Herrick exploits every conceivable combination of stops to achieve a pleasing variety of colour.

The organ is well recorded, too, though some may find it a little too closely miked. The informative booklet includes a list of the stops which Herrick uses for each prelude. To quote from the booklet: 'There is tremendous variety and imagination in this collection, and these little-known pieces surely deserve to be more widely appreciated ... 'This CD indeed succeeds in converting me to these preludes; I'll definitely add them to my repertoire this year.

Christopher Nickol, Gramophone [3/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ach, Gott und Herr, BWV 714 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
2.
Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 719 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
3.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 737 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
4.
Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BWV 742 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
5.
Fugue in G major, BWV 957 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
6.
Wir Christenleut, BWV 1090 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
7.
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 1091 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
8.
Herzliebster Jesu, BWV 1093 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
9.
O Jesu, wie ist dein Gestalt, BWV 1094 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
10.
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 1095 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
11.
Christ, der du bist Tag und Licht, BWV 1096 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
12.
Ehre sei dir, Christe, BWV 1097 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
13.
Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 1098 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
14.
Aus tiefer Not schrei'ich zu dir, BWV 1099 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
15.
Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1100 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
16.
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 1101 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
17.
Du Friedenfürst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1102 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
18.
Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BWV 1103 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
19.
Wenn dich Unglück tut greifen an, BWV 1104 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
20.
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 1105 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
21.
Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf', BWV 1106 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
22.
Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BWV 1107 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
23.
Als Jesus Christus in der Nacht, BWV 1108 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
24.
Ach Gott tu dich erbarmen, BWV 1109 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
25.
O Herre Gott, dein göttlich Wort, BWV 1110 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
26.
Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben, BWV 1111 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
27.
Christus, der ist mein Leben, BWV 1112 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
28.
Ich hab'mein Sach Gott heimgestell, BWV 1113 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
29.
Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut, BWV 1114 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
30.
Herzlich Lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BWV 1115 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
31.
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 1116 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
32.
Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 1117 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
33.
Werde munter, mein Gemüte, BWV 1118 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
34.
Wie nach einer Wasserquelle, BWV 1119 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
35.
Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 1120 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
36.
Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel, BWV 1092 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 

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