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Dietrich Buxtehude (c.1637-1707)

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Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 1

Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 1


Praeludium in D major, BuxWV139

Fantaisie chorale : "Nun freut euch lieben Christen g'mein", BuxWV 210

Fugue in C major, BuxWV174

Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BuxWV 178

Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV221

Ich dank dir schon (F), BuxWV 195

Canzonetta in D Minor, BuxWV 168

Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, BuxWV208

Prelude BuxWV 150

Ciacona in C minor, BuxWV159

Toccata in F Major, BuxWV157

Magnificat noni toni in D minor, BuxWV 205

Praeludium in G, BuxWV 162

Auf meinen lieben Gott BuxWV 179

Chorale Prelude BuxWV 184 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott'

Praeludium in A Major, BuxWV151

Christopher Herrick (organ of Helsingør Cathedral, Denmark)

Dietrich Buxtehude was famously visited by J S Bach who walked from Arnstadt to Lübeck to hear him play. Bach stayed far longer than his employers expected, so captivated was he by the older man’s playing. That Handel also visited Lübeck, in 1703, further underlines Buxtehude’s stature.

The indefatigable Christopher Herrick has embarked on a complete series of Buxtehude’s organ music. The repertoire falls into two basic categories: free works, and works based on pre-existing melodies. To the first category belong the preludes and fugues, toccatas and fugues, ostinato works, and single-movement pieces such as the Fugue in C, BuxWV174. To the second belong the works based on chorale and plainsong melodies. A tantalizing selection of these is recorded here on the great organ of Helsingør Cathedral, Denmark.

“Buxtehude's organ music dives into two categories. There are the freely composed works in the standard forms of his time, and the pieces based on pre-existing music. The first disc in Christopher Herrick's series is a neat mixture of both. Preludes, fugues, toccatas and a chaconne are mixed with chorale preludes, variations and the chorale fantasia on Nun Freut Euch, Lieben Christen Gemein. Herrick's performances, on the organ of Helsingør Cathedral in Denmark, sometimes try a bit too hard to be ear-catching, yet their rhythmic vitality bodes well for the discs to come.” The Guardian, 16th May 2008 ***

“The recorded sound is warm and reassuring offering an ideal balance twixt instrument and acoustic. Production, engineering and playing are all splendid/” Gramophone Magazine, July 2008

“Herrick's razor-sharp articulation is at one with Buxtehude's fastidiously chiselled counterpoint…” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 ****

“Herrick embarks on another epic for Hyperion, and the first instalment whets the appetite. Buxtehude’s delicate contrapuntal intricacy is offset by occasional flamboyance … the organ of Helsingør Cathedral, on Buxtehude’s home ground of Denmark, offers an excellent colour” Classical Music

“Herrick displays great energy and a keen ear for registrational variety” American Record Guide

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Hyperion Organ Music Christopher Herrick Buxtehude Complete Organ Works - CDA67666


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Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 2

Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 2


Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV149

Canzona BuxWV 166

Te Deum Laudamus, BuxWv 218

Mensch, willst du leben seliglich, BuxWV 206

Praeludium in A Minor, BuxWV153

Chorale Prelude BuxWV 199 'Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott'

Nimm von uns, Herr, Du treuer Gott, BuxWV207

Toccata in G, BuxWV 165

Ciacona in E minor, BuxWV160

Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit, BuxWV 222

Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ,daß du gen Himmel gefahren bist, BuxWV 224

Toccata in D minor, BuxWV155

Nun lob mein Seel’ den Herren (G), BuxWV 213

Praeludium in C major, BuxWV138

Christopher Herrick (organ of Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway)

Christopher Herrick’s acclaimed series of Buxtehude’s complete organ works continues with a selection of his praeludia, toccatas, ostinato works, and canzonas, interspersed with chorale preludes and variations. For this disc he turns to the magnificent organ of Trondheim Cathedral in Norway, originally built by Joachim Wagner (1690–1749) and restored to its former baroque glory in 1994.

Highlights from this disc include the brilliant, flamboyant Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV149. Here, as so often in Buxtehude’s organ works, one can picture an organist seated at a console completely free of music and giving his imagination full rein. Also, the Chorale Fantasia on Te Deum, BuxWV218, the only plainsong-based work on this CD and one of Buxtehude’s longest and grandest works for organ.

“As in Vol. 1, Herrick's flair for apposite registration illuminate at every turn, and the first three notes of the opening G minor Praeludium serve notice that his phrasing will be nothing if not fastidious. …he lets the music (and instrument) speak eloquently for themselves - charmingly fluty in the C major Canzona, unexpectedly perky at the start of the E minor Ciaccona and sonorously splendiferous for the final Praeludium in C.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ****

“…Herrick brings a convincing sense of fluidity and a quasi-extemporaneous flair to the music… The recorded sound is ideal with traffic rumble minimised. Another triumph!” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

“The ambitious Te Deum and the grand Praeludium in C major confirm Buxtehude's inspiring originality. No wonder the young Bach once walked 200 miles to hear him play.” The Observer, 17th January 2010

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Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 3

Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 3


Praeludium in D Minor, BuxWV140

Danket dem Herren, (3 var.) BuxWV 181

Canzonetta in G major, BuxWV172

Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BuxWV163

Canzona in E minor BuxWV 169

Erhalt uns Herr bei deinem Wort, BuxWV185

Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV212

Praeludium in F Major, BuxWV145

Herr Jesu Christ, ich weiss gar wohl, BuxWV 193

Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 203

Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV189

Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BuxWV186

Puer natus in Bethlehem, BuxWV217

Praeludium in C major, BuxWV136

Chorale Prelude BuxWV 200 'Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott'

Canzona in G major, BuxWV170

Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 191

Praeambulum in F sharp minor, BuxWv 146

Christopher Herrick (organ of St-Louis-en-l'Île, Paris)

The latest volume of Christopher Herrick’s acclaimed series of Buxtehude’s complete organ works comes from Paris and the admired organ of St-Louis-en-l’Île – formally opened in 2005, and based on the work of Zacharias Hildebrant (1688-1757). As with previous discs, it includes a selection of the composer’s praeludia, ostinato works, canzonettas and canzonas, interspersed with chorale preludes, chorale fantasias and variations.

Highlights include the magnificent Praeludium in D minor, BuxWV140, which is among the finest and most striking examples of the genre, and a particularly beautiful and contrasting set of chorale preludes.

“Always captivating and frequently entertaining as he tosses off ornaments and decorative figures with the panache of a circus act, he communicates an enthusiasm for the music which never stoops to poor taste or anything less than thorough musical integrity. Always an invigorating communicator, he is as compelling in his dazzlingly articulated virtuoso displays as he is in the delicate chorale preludes.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

“An extraordinarily diverse tonal palette is explored in the chorale-based works...Within the more substantial works...Herrick makes numerous registration changes. These provide welcome variety and strengthen the rhetorical argument of these works which are often highly sectional in nature...This recording, along with its two predecessors in the series, is a first-rate addition to the catalogue.” International Record Review, April 2011

“Herrick is at his most persuasive in the chorale-embroidering preludes...commanding in the large-scale Magnificat Fantasia, to-the-point in the extended fugue which concludes BuxWV 145, and he discovers his inner Koopman-esque wild man at the start of the F sharp minor Praeludium whose key elicits a blaze of bullish 'attitude' from the organ's not-quite-equal temperament.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 ****

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Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 4

Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 4


Praeludium in A Major, BuxWV158

Chorale Prelude BuxWV 196 'Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV148

Canzonetta in C Major, BuxWV 167

Toccata in F major, BuxWV156

Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BuxWV180

Fugue in B flat major, BuxWV176

Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV214

Cantzon ex Gb, BuxWV173

Toccata un G major BuxWv 164

Gott der Vater wohn uns bei, BuxWV190

Canzonetta in A major, BuxWV 225

Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV161

Fantasia on 'Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern', BuxWV223

Nun komm, der heiden Heiland, BuxWV211

Det Tag der ist so freudenreich, BuxWV182

Chorale Prelude BuxWV 197 'In dulci jubilo'

Praeludium in E Minor, BuxWV142

Christopher Herrick (organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge)

This latest addition to Christopher Herrick’s acclaimed Buxtehude catalogue is performed on the magnificent Organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge.

Everything heard on this disc was composed over three-hundred years ago when printed music was a rarity and organists were required to be highly proficient in the art of improvisation. Certainly none of Buxtehude’s organ works was printed in his lifetime, and it was not until 1875 that they first became available. Herrick’s communication is exceptional in these stimulating performances and his inspired interpretations are so vivid that they appear improvisatory in their approach.

“An unforced manner is essential for this oqpaue and, at times, fragile music...Registrations are beautifully balanced throughout, and the pleno, while thrilling, isn't overbearing...There is fizz and sparkle in all the right places and just enough warmth in the bass...This is shapely playing, with a touch of humour, especially in the spirghtly jigs. A thoroughly enjoyable production, with the customary excellent documentation.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

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Hyperion Organ Music Christopher Herrick Buxtehude Complete Organ Works - CDA67876


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Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 5

Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works Volume 5


Praeludium in G Major, BuxWV147

Ach Gott und Herr BuxWV 177

Ich dank dir, lieber Herre (F), BuxWV 194 Bel.5

Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BuxWV220

Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV141

Nun bitten wir den Heilgen Geist, BuxWV209

Fugue in G major, BuxWV175

Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV 204

Praeludium in F Major, BuxWV144

Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt BuxWv 183

Praeludium in the Phrygian mode, BuxWV152

Lob Gott, ihr christen, allzugleich BuxWV 202

Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV 192

Praeludium in E Minor, BuxWV143

Es spricht der unweisen Mund wohl, BuxWV 187

Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod überwand, BuxWV 198

Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV188

Vater unser im Himmelreich, BuxWV219

Praeludium in C major, BuxWV137

Chorale Prelude BuxWV 201 'Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn'

Canzonetta in G major, BuxWV171

Christopher Herrick (Aubertin organ of Mariager Klosterkirke, Denmark)

Christopher Herrick’s acclaimed series of Buxtehude’s Complete Organ Works reaches a fifth and final volume. Here he returns to the composer’s (disputed) home country of Denmark, and the organ of Mariager Klosterkirke.

Highlights include the magnificent Praeludium in C major, BuxWV137 (known to English-speaking organists as the ‘Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C’) and the Chorale Fantasia on the Christmas melody ‘Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ’, BuxWV188—among the longest and most elaborate of Buxtehude’s chorale settings.

“Outstanding competition and the revisiting of material must in no way prove a barrier to anyone with even a vague interest in Buxtehude's organ music, for this is a simply splendid disc...Above all, of course, is Herrick's immensely enjoyable playing...Big Preludiae are delivered with grace and style, majestic rather than aggressive. All in all a delight to the ears which brings a smile to the face and a lift to the soul.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

“even the merest pieces speak volumes about the composer's imagination, virtuosity and originality...Herrick was almost seventy when this recording was made...Yet his fingers, feet and musical intelligence remain as nimble and sure as ever...this set ought to be the primary destination for collectors.” MusicWeb International, January 2013

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Buxtehude: Seven Sonatas, Op. 1 BuxWV 252-258

Buxtehude: Seven Sonatas, Op. 1 BuxWV 252-258

Convivium: Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), Richard Tunnicliffe (cello), Paul Nicholson (harpsichord)

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German 17th-Century Church Music

German 17th-Century Church Music


Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde

(attributed to MELCHIOR HOFMANN (c1685-1715), formerly attributed to JS BACH (Cantata No 53)

Bach, H:

Sonata I in C major

Sonata II in F major

Bach, J C'ph:

Ach, daß ich Wassers genug hätte

Bach, J M I:

Auf, laßt uns den Herren loben


Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele


Jesu, mein Freud und Lust, BuxWV 59

Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64

Geist, C:

Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel

Krieger, J P:

O Jesu, du mein Leben


Christum ducem, qui per crucem

Sonata II a 2 in E minor


Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott, SWV447

“It is probably unnecessary to recommend the disc; but, if you haven’t bought it, hasten to your nearest CD shop” Early Music Review

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Organ Fireworks XII

Organ Fireworks XII


Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

arranged by Edwin Lemare


Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C, BuxWV137

Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV148


Prelude & Fugue in G minor, Op. 7 No. 3


Hommage à Buxtehude (1987)

Gade, N:

Tone Piece in F major from Tre Tonestykker, Op. 22


Passacaglia & Fugue on B A C H, Op. 150


Fantasia on ‘Tonus Peregrinus’ from Sonata No 4 in A minor Op. 98

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 3rd suite, Op. 54: No. 6, Carillon de Westminster

Christopher Herrick (organ of Haderslev Cathedral, Denmark)

Christopher Herrick’s enduring Organ Fireworks series on Hyperion is one of the most comprehensive and popular collections of repertoire in existence. For this twelfth volume he turns to the great organ of Haderslev Cathedral in Denmark, and performs a fascinating range of works with his usual triumphal panache.

A number of these pieces have a Danish connection, including two spirited works by Buxtehude who probably grew up in Denmark, and Tre Tonestykker by Niels Wilhelm Gade, a native of Copenhagen who was admired by Mendelssohn.

The third of Dupré’s Trois Préludes et Fugues is among the best-known and most popular of his works, notwithstanding its fearful technical difficulties. The final page, in which the notes hurtle towards the magnificent final cadence, places this among the most memorable of all fugues for organ.

The Czech composer Petr Eben (1929–2007) is represented by his Hommage à Buxtehude.

“Herrick's playing is always lively and energetic, but with mixed results. Buxtehude's G minor Prelude and Fugue receives a beautifully poised and controlled account, and the works by Gade and Rheinberger have a warm, seamless flow.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2008

“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

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Hyperion Organ Music Organ Fireworks - CDA67612


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