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Buxtehude: The Complete Organ Works Vol 5 / Christopher Herrick

Buxtehude / Herrick
Release Date: 12/11/2012 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67964  
Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This ought to be the primary destination for collectors.

This is the fifth and last volume in Christopher Herrick's recording for Hyperion of Buxtehude's complete organ works. Previous volumes were all universally lauded. Propelled by what was the likely tricentenary of Buxtehude's birth in 2007, there are now, happily, scores of CDs of his organ music, including a good few complete recordings: on MDG Gold (MDG3141438), Loft Recordings, Naxos (final volume, Dacapo, Vox (CD6X-3613), Documents (224050, also on Classico ClassCD143 and previously on Paula Records) and Danacord (DACOCD 381-386). Besides Herrick on Hyperion, Ton Koopman also has an unfolding full set on Challenge Classics. It’s part of a complete works
Read more project, standing at volume 16 (CC 72255) by the end of 2012.

As with most of the previous volumes, Herrick's generously-timed programme consists of an entertaining mix of items, mainly Praeludia or Chorale Preludes. Slower, ruminative pieces alternate with boisterous, dramatic works in a recital that manages to be both elegant and fulgurous, profound and sensuous. Works generally run to less than four minutes each, but short does not equate with inconsequential in Buxtehude's music: even the merest pieces speak volumes about the composer's imagination, virtuosity and originality.

For this final recording Herrick has, quite reasonably, returned to Denmark - a country which, it is easy to overlook, Buxtehude recognised as his motherland. The church at Mariager was already 250 years old when Buxtehude started composing; the organ, by contrast, could scarcely be newer: it was built by French organ maker Bernard Aubertin between 2007 and 2010. Its sound is therefore modern, but aesthetically rounded.

Audio has been marvellously captured by Hyperion's engineer, Simon Eadon, although the sharpest ears will note that the final milliseconds of each track have been artificially faded to silence. There can be no good reason for this, but it really is only a fraction of a second, and most listeners will surely not notice … or possibly care. The church acoustics are subtle and kind.

Herrick was almost seventy when this recording was made, the latest in an exclusive contract for Hyperion that has led to a discography of more than forty albums in a quarter of a century. Yet his fingers, feet and musical intelligence remain as nimble and sure as ever, and there is always room for another complete cycle of Buxtehude's organ works when the music is this good or performed this well. Price issues aside, this set ought to be the primary destination for collectors.

As usual with Hyperion, the CD booklet gives excellent information in English, French and German on the music, track by track, as well as a full description of the organ, including registrations for each of the pieces, and a black and white photo - colour in the digital booklet available here - of the instrument itself.

-- Byzantion, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV 220 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BuxWV 219 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne for Organ in C major, BuxWV 137 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Praeludium for Keyboard, BuxWV 152 "Phrygian" by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
5.
Praeludium for Keyboard in G major, BuxWV 147 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
6.
Praeludium for Keyboard in F major, BuxWV 144 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
7.
Praeludium for Keyboard in E minor, BuxWV 143 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
8.
Praeludium for Keyboard in E major, BuxWV 141 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
9.
Nun lob mein Seel' den Herren, BuxWV 215 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
10.
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV 209 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
11.
Magnificat Primi Toni for organ, BuxWV 204 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
12.
Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BuxWV 202 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
13.
Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 201 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
14.
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BuxWV 198 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
15.
Ich dank' dir, lieber Herre, BuxWV 194 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
16.
Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 192 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
17.
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV 188 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
18.
Fugue for Organ in G major, BuxWV 175 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
19.
Es spricht der unweisen Mund wohl, BuxWV 187 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
20.
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BuxWV 183 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
21.
Canzonetta for Organ in G major, BuxWV 171 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
22.
Ach Gott und Herr, BuxWV 177 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

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