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Buxtehude: Complete Organ Works Vol 4 / Christopher Herrick

Buxtehude / Herrick
Release Date: 09/13/2011 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67876   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Christopher Herrick clocks up another memorable recording - terrifically nimble-fingered and fleet-footed.

This is volume 4 in Christopher Herrick's complete organ works of Dieterich Buxtehude on Hyperion. Volume 3 was very warmly received here. Following what was the likely tricentenary of Buxtehude's birth in 2007, there are now, happily, dozens of CDs of his organ music available, including complete recordings on MDG Gold (MDG3141438), Loft, Naxos, Dacapo, Vox (CD6X-3613), Documents (224050, also on Classico CLASSCD143 and previously on Paula) and Danacord (DACOCD 381-386). Besides Herrick on Hyperion, Ton Koopman also has an intended full set on Challenge Classics (part of a complete works project, at volume 14 in
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Like the previous volume, this release contains many short pieces: of the eighteen items, three Canzon(ett)as, six Chorale Preludes, the Fuga, one of the Toccatas and one of the Chorale Fantasias are between one and four minutes long. But short does not equate with inconsequential in Buxtehude's music: even the merest pieces speak volumes about the imagination, virtuosity and originality of this still underrated composer. From the exhilarating fugal Praeambulum, to the massive, mesmerising Passacaglia, from the aptly labelled stylus fantasticus of the Toccatas - the rhythmic pile-up in the second half of the one in F is amazing - to an assortment of jigs, fugues and, in the Chorale Preludes, sometimes even solemn music!, these works, regardless of length, amount to 70-plus minutes of outstanding invention and playing: elegant, flamboyant, uplifting, exciting, mellifluous, profound.

Christopher Herrick clocks up another memorable recording. His terrifically nimble-fingered and fleet-footed playing betrays no sign of someone soon to be entering his eighth decade! There is surely nothing to be said against another complete set of Buxtehude's organ works when the music is this good or performed this well.

The technical sound quality and chapel acoustics are very good, and the Trinity College organ - Metzler-built, like those in Herrick's celebrated complete Bach organ cycle, and dating back only as far as 1976, though incorporating seven ranks from Trinity predecessors from 1694 and 1708 - sounds superb. Not particularly authentic but Buxtehude himself would almost certainly have enjoyed its breadth and power.

As usual with Hyperion, the trilingual CD booklet gives excellent information on the music, track by track, not to mention a full description of the organ, including registrations for each of the pieces. The print on the front cover is from an amazing 18th-century painting by Johann Morgenstern of the Interior of a Gothic Church, but there is a black and white photo of the impressive-looking Trinity organ inside.

-- Byzantion, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Toccata for keyboard in G major, BuxWV 164 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
3.
Toccata for Keyboard in F major, BuxWV 156 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
4.
Praeludium for Keyboard in A minor, BuxWV 158 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
5.
Praeludium for Keyboard in G minor, BuxWV 148 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6.
Praeludium for Keyboard in E minor, BuxWV 142 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
7.
Passacaglia for Organ in D minor, BuxWV 161 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
8.
Nun lob mein Seel' den Herren, BuxWV 214 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
9.
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
10.
In dulci jubilo, BuxWV 197 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
11.
Gott der Vater, wohn' uns bei, BuxWV 190 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
12.
Fugue for Organ in B flat major, BuxWV 176 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
13.
Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BuxWV 182 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
14.
Christ, unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BuxWV 180 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
15.
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BuxWV 196 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
16.
Canzonetta for Organ in A minor, BuxWV 225 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
17.
Canzona for Organ in C major, BuxWV 167 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
18.
Canzonetta for Organ in G minor, BuxWV 173 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

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