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Christopher Herrick (Organ)

Keeping Up with Christopher Herrick

R-8

Bach: 'Wachet auf!' The Schübler, Leipzig and Kirnberger Chorales

Schubler Chorales:
Chorale Prelude Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 [5:32]
Chorale Prelude Wo soll ich fliehen hin (I), BWV 646 [1:21]
Chorale Prelude Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (II), BWV 647 [3:03]
Chorale Prelude Meine Seele erhebet den Herren, BWV 648 [1:41]
Chorale Prelude Ach bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649 [2:19]
Chorale Prelude Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650 [3:16]
Leipzig Chorales (1):
Chorale Prelude (Fantasia super) Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 651 [5:42]
Chorale Prelude Komm, heiliger Geist (I), BWV 652 [7:50]
Chorale Prelude Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (I), BWV 654 [6:30]
Chorale Prelude Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657 [3:56]
Chorale Prelude Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (II), BWV 659 [4:20]
Chorale Prelude (Trio super) Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (I), BWV 660 [2:48]
Chorale Prelude Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (IV), BWV 661 [2:26]
Chorale Prelude Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (I), BWV 662 [7:02]
Chorale Prelude Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (III), BWV 663 [6:22]
Chorale Prelude (Trio super) Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 664 [4:24]
Chorale Prelude Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (II), BWV 665 [4:01]
Chorale Prelude Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (IV), BWV 666 [2:38

Leipzig Chorales (2):
Chorale Prelude An Wasserflüssen Babylon (I), BWV 653 [4:47]
Chorale Prelude (Trio super) Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (I), BWV 655 [3:31]
Chorale Prelude An Wasserflüssen Babylon (I), BWV 653b [4:11]
Chorale Prelude O Lamm Gottes unschuldig (II), BWV 656 [6:43]
Chorale Prelude Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658 [4:05]
Chorale Prelude Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist (III), BWV 667 [2:13]
Chorale Prelude Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit (I), BWV 668 [4:44]
Kirnberger Chorales:
Chorale Prelude Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (III), BWV 690 +
Chorale Prelude Wer nur den lieben Gott laebt walten (IV), BWV 691 [3:15]
Chorale Prelude Wo soll ich fliehen hin (II), BWV 694 [3:00]
Chorale Prelude (Fantasia super) Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 695 [2:46]
Chorale Prelude Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 696 [1:08]
Chorale Prelude Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (II), BWV 697 [0:47]
Chorale Prelude (Fughetta) Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BWV 698 [0:56]
Chorale Prelude Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (VI), BWV 699 [0:53]
Chorale Prelude Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (II), BWV 700 +
Chorale Prelude Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (III), BWV 701 [4:00]
Chorale Prelude (Fughetta) Das Jesulein soll doch mein Trost, BWV 702 [1:25]
Chorale Prelude Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 703 [0:46]
Chorale Prelude Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott (II), BWV 704 [0:53]
Chorale Prelude Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verdebt, BWV 705 [2:23]
Chorale Prelude Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (III), BWV 706 [1:21]
Chorale Prelude Ich hab mein Sach Gott heimgestellt (I), BWV 707 +
Chorale Prelude Ich hab mein Sach Gott heimgestellt (II), BWV 708 [5:08]
Chorale Prelude Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (II), BWV 709 [1:43]
Chorale Prelude Wir Christenleut, BWV 710 [2:01]
Chorale Prelude Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (VII), BWV 711 [3:04]
Chorale Prelude In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr, BWV 712 [2:07]
Chorale Prelude (Fantasia super) Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 713 [3:50]

Christopher Herrick (Organ) [Metzler Op 521, 1982]

Hyperion

Apr 19-21, 1995

2-CD / TT: 147:08

Recorded at Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland.
Buy this album at: Amazon.com | Amazon.com [Box Set]

Keeping Up with Christopher Herrick

Donald Satz wrote (November 24, 1999):
Christopher Herrick initiated his Bach organ works series for Hyperion a few years ago. For some unexplainable reason, I've consistently had trouble keeping up with purchase of each volume in the series. But, on a cd buying jaunt to Santa Fe (I'm in Albuquerque), I found the missing link - Herrick's 2-CD set of the Schubler, Leipzig, and Kirnberger Chorales. It's such great music, and Herrick does it proud.

There have been some criticisms of Herrick's Bach in reviews I've read. Herrick gives us a very rich organ sound every time that I can't resist. I think his series is better than Bowyer's for Nimbus and of similar quality to the Preston CD's on DG. It's clearly very different than Koopman's for Teldec which is on the side of historical accuracy. I like Koopman very much, but I do prefer Herrick slightly.

I was listening last night to the Herrick set at a low volume out of respect for my wife's distaste for Bach organ music. But, she decided to take a shower, so I cranked the volume way up. Wow! The music sounded fantastic. That's the sign of great music, recorded sound, and performance quality - the louder you make it, the better you like it. If the relationship is inverse, you know you have a clunker. Go ahead, dispute that.

I have a theory that those who dislike Gardiner's Bach Mass in B minor (BWV 232) never play it at a very loud level, and subsequently consider it weak and bloodless (I like that term). This theory is likely garbage, but I like thinking that way.

Back to the organ. Of all of Bach's works, his organ compositions seem to be mentioned the least on the list. Why would that be? Is the organ too severe an instrument? Do folks have bad dreams after listening to it?

 

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