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Organ Fireworks World Tour

Organ Fireworks World Tour


Litanies, AWV100


Matin Provençal No. 2 from Poèmes d'Automne, Op. 3

Bossi, M E:

Pièce Héroïque in D minor, Op. 128


Tuba Tune


Hommage à Buxtehude (1987)


An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary

Johnson, David:

Trumpet Tune in D major


Sortie in E flat major


Concert Fantasia Op. 91


Prelude & Fugue on B-A-C-H, S260


Fugue de la Sonate sur le Psaume No. 9


Festmusikk from Våg å leve


Grand March from Aida


Grand choeur ‘Benedicamus Domino’

Fourteen tracks—one from each volume of Hyperion’s complete Organ Fireworks series—combine to take the listener on a spectacular ‘world tour’ of the organs and repertoire championed by Christopher Herrick over the decades. Released in honour of his seventy-fifth birthday, this is a must for anyone yet to encounter these wonderfully life-affirming performances.

“This whirlwind tour takes in some of the world’s most spectacular organs, from the town halls of Melbourne and Wellington to the Royal Albert Hall in London, and all are brilliantly captured.” Choir & Organ, May 2017 ****

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Power of Life

Power of Life


Versets on ’Ave Maris Stella’ (from Vespers of the Virgin, Op. 18)


Toccata No. 2


Andante and Variations in G for Piano Duet, K501

arr. David Nield


Messa Solenne in F for organ solo: Allegro festoso


Rhapsody on Breton Themes, Op. 7 No. 3


Amazing Grace (No. 1 of Sacred Sounds)


Rapsodia alla latina


Power of Life (No. 1 of Festivity)


Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Aria (Cantilena)

arr. Camil Van Hulse

Wagner, F:

Trionfo della vita 'Phantasiestück', Op. 76


Orb and Sceptre

arr. Sir William McKiie & Christopher Herrick


Capriol Suite: Pieds-en-l'air

arr. Christopher Herrick

Christopher Herrick (Metzler Organ of Poblet Monastery, Tarragona, Spain)

Christopher Herrick makes no quasi-intellectual claims for this album: its intention is to entertain. And with twelve tracks of (largely) ridiculous organ fare, and the beast of an instrument that is the new Metzler organ of Poblet Monastery in Catalonia, the requisites quickly fall into place. If you like your organs meaty, but with a good sense of humour, this one is for you.

“There is more than enough here to excite anyone with a taste for spectacular organ pyrotechnics.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

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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 - 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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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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Bach: Toccatas and Fugues

Bach: Toccatas and Fugues

Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV564

Toccata & Fugue in F major, BWV540

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV538 'Dorian'

Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582

Christopher Herrick (Metzler organ of the Stadtkirche Zofingen, Switzerland)

“Stupendous organ sound … one of the three Bach CDs I will turn to over and over again for sheer enjoyment” Gramophone Magazine

“Masterly interpretations” Organists Review

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Organ Fireworks XIV

Organ Fireworks XIV

Buck, D:

Variations on Old Folks at Home


Animal Parade: No. 8: Penguins

Animal Parade: No. 2: Giraffes

Animal Parade: No. 3: Barrel Organ Monkey

Franck, C:

Pièce héroïque, M37


Sonata No. 1 in D minor for organ, Op. 42


Triumphal March


Toccata in D major


Fanfare and Dances


Grand March from Aida

arr. Edwin Lemare & Christopher Herrick

Wesley, S S:

Choral Song & Fugue (from Three Pieces for a Chamber Organ)

Christopher Herrick (organ of Melbourne Town Hall)

This fourteenth volume of Christopher Herrick’s monumental Organ Fireworks series comes from the organ of Melbourne Town Hall. As ever, Herrick presents a cornucopia of virtuoso delights, opening with a bang with Lemare’s outrageous transcription of the Grand March from Aida, given a new sheen by Herrick himself. Other works include pieces by living composers Iain Farrington and Paul Spicer, and examples of the best of the English and French traditions of 19th and 20th century organ writing.

“the dynamic range and palette of tonal colours that Herrick conjures up and the exemplary clarity of the recording make this a highly satisfying release...it's a cleverly contrasted selection with something to suit everyone's musical taste.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 ****

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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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Organ Fireworks XIII

Organ Fireworks XIII

Bourgeois, D:

Prelude and Toccata


Choral varié from Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4


Handel in the Strand


Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Op. 98

Lloyd Webber, W:

Dedication March


Recessional, Op. 96 No. 4

Olsson, O E:

Credo symphoniacum, Op. 50: I. Introduction and Allegro ‘Credo in unum Deum’


Variations and finale on ‘Ah vous dirai-je, Maman’, Op. 90

Vaughan Williams:

Prelude and Fugue in C minor


Grand choeur ‘Benedicamus Domino’

Christopher Herrick (organ of Västerås Cathedral, Sweden)

Christopher Herrick continues the Scandinavian leg of his endlessly popular Organ Fireworks series with a disc of music performed on the great organ of Västerås Cathedral in Sweden. The programme is, as ever, a tempting pot-pourri of pieces from around the world, some popular, some rare; some light-hearted and some serious, and demonstrating all facets of virtuoso writing for the organ.

Highlights include a contribution from a Swedish composer: Otto Olsson’s magnificent Introduction and Allegro ‘Credo in unum Deum’. Duruflé’s Choral Varié on Veni Creator is a work of immense grandeur and majesty, and the performance shows Herrick to be a master of the classic French idiom. The present day is represented by Derek Bourgeois, one of the most prolific of living composers writing for the organ. Vaughan Williams’ Prelude and Fugue in C minor displays a gritty, truculent brand of counterpoint that anticipates the dissonance and fury of his Symphony No 4 in F minor. William Mathias’s Recessional is a classic ‘Organ Fireworks’ number: an athletic display of quick-fire semiquavers alternating with march-like passages with a tramping bass, and ending with a colourful, crashing explosion of notes.

“Herrick's playing and imaginative use of the organ's resources are first-rate, and he's backed up by a superb recording from Hyperion.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2009

“This instrument makes a pretty spectacular noise … With plenty of incendiary reeds and pyrotechnic instruments, it provides yet another ideal organ on which Christopher Herrick can light his blue touch paper and not retire but leap onto the pyre and set off as many fireworks as he can in the space of 78 minutes … He is a fluent and fiery champion of the repertoire … Herrick manages to persuade us that it is all worth hearing. He delivers it with enthusiasm and the communicative zeal which is the hallmark of just about everything this outstanding organist ever seems to put his hands and feet to … For lovers of fine organ sound and often spine-tingly virtuoso playing … this disc most certainly is not thirteenth time unlucky” International Record Review

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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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