Buxtehude: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Dietrich Buxtehude's time has come. After decades in which he was viewed as a precursor to Bach, or perhaps as the answer to the trivia question of which organist the young Bach walked hundreds of miles to hear, his works are now subjects of several major recording projects, and even a 1957 LP traversal of the composer's organ music by Walter Kraft has been unearthed and reissued in box-set form. Competing series of organ music are underway, including one by Dutch early music veteran Ton Koopman; another is inaugurated by this disc from well-established British performer Christopher Herrick, the former Westminster Abbey organist who has issued a popular series of Organ ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Dietrich Buxtehude's time has come. After decades in which he was viewed as a precursor to Bach, or perhaps as the answer to the trivia question of which organist the young Bach walked hundreds of miles to hear, his works are now subjects of several major recording projects, and even a 1957 LP traversal of the composer's organ music by Walter Kraft has been unearthed and reissued in box-set form. Competing series of organ music are underway, including one by Dutch early music veteran Ton Koopman; another is inaugurated by this disc from well-established British performer Christopher Herrick, the former Westminster Abbey organist who has issued a popular series of Organ Fireworks discs. That gives you an idea as to his approach. Performing on a magnificent instrument at Denmark's Helsingør Cathedral, he delivers sharp, pleasing performances that stop just short of being flashy. In the larger preludes, toccatas, and polyphonic pieces the older canzona and ciaccona are in evidence along with the fugue he favors monumental sounds; in the chorale-based works sample the "Chorale Prelude Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV 208," track 8 he is positively sensuous. This is all in contrast to Koopman's smaller-scale, fantastic approach that highlights rather than accepting as a given the improvisatory roots of Buxtehude's keyboard music. The listener can take his or her choice, or, perhaps better, mix purchases by the two, but those wanting technically top-notch new Buxtehude performances in the classic Bachian mold will, from the evidence of this disc, be able to turn to Herrick with confidence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571176666
  • Catalog Number: 67666
  • Sales rank: 308,804

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Praeludium for organ in D major, BuxWV 139 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (6:01)
  2. 2 Chorale prelude for organ in G major, BuxWV 210, "Nun freut euch lieben Christen G'mein" - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (12:31)
  3. 3 Fugue (Gigue) for keyboard in C major, BuxWV 174 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (2:55)
  4. 4 Chorale prelude for organ in Phrygian mode, BuxWV 178, "Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder" - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (2:45)
  5. 5 Chorale prelude for organ in A Minor, BuxWV 221, "Von Gott will ich nicht lassen" - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (2:22)
  6. 6 Chorale prelude for organ in F major,, BuxWV 195, "Ich dank dir schon durch deinen Sohn" - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (5:02)
  7. 7 Canzona for keyboard in D minor, BuxWV 168 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (4:06)
  8. 8 Chorale prelude for organ in G major, BuxWV 208, "Nun bitten wir den heligen Geist" - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (3:04)
  9. 9 Praeludium for organ in G minor, BuxWV 150 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (6:51)
  10. 10 Ciacona for organ in C minor, BuxWV 159 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (6:03)
  11. 11 Toccata for organ in F major, BuxWV 157 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (4:49)
  12. 12 Magnificat Noni Toni for organ in D minor, BuxWV 205 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (2:28)
  13. 13 Praeludium for keyboard in G major, BuxWV 162 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (5:41)
  14. 14 Chorale prelude for keyboard in E minor, BuxWV 179, "Auf meinen lieben Gott" - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (4:24)
  15. 15 Chorale prelude for organ in C major, BuxWV 184, "Ein' Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott" - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (3:29)
  16. 16 Praeludium for organ in A major, BuxWV 151 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Christopher Herrick (5:23)
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Performance Credits
Christopher Herrick Primary Artist
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