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Bach: The Neumeister Chorales / Christopher Herrick

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ach, Gott und Herr, BWV 714
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 719
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 737
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 742
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt, BWV deest
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wir Christenleut' (II), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 1), BWV 1090 (BC K161)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Das alte Jahr vergangen ist (II), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 2), BWV 1091 (BC
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wir Christenleut, BWV 1090
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herzliebster Jesu, BWV 1093
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Jesu, wie ist dein Gestalt, BWV 1094
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Lamm Gottes unschuldig (V), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 6), BWV 1095 (BC K16
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christ, der du bist Tag und Licht, BWV 1096
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ehre sei dir, Christe, BWV 1097
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wir glauben all an einen Gott (III), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 9), BWV 1098
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aus tiefer Not schrei'ich zu dir, BWV 1099
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1100
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt (III), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 12), BWV
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Du Friedenfurst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1102
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BWV 1103
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wenn dich Ungluck tut greifen an, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 15), BWV 1104 (B
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meine Freude (III), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 16), BWV 1105 (BC K178)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf und Trost, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 17), BWV
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BWV 1107
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Als Jesus Christus in der Nacht, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 19), BWV 1108 (BC
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ach Gott tu dich erbarmen, BWV 1109
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Herre Gott, dein gottlich's Wort (II), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 22), BWV
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 23), BWV 1111 (BC
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christus, der ist mein Leben, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 1112 (BC K185)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich hab mein Sach Gott heimgestellt (IV), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 24), BWV
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut, BWV 1114
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 26), BWV 1115
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (I), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 27), BWV 1116
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Alle Menschen mussen sterben (II), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 28), BWV 1117 (
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Werde munter, mein Gemute, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 30), BWV 1118 (BC K192)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wie nach einer Wasserquelle, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 31), BWV 1119 (BC K19
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 1120 (BC K194)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The pieces on this disc originate from an extremely exciting discovery at Yale in 1985 - a manuscript anthology of choral preludes, compiled by Johann Gottfried Neumeister in the last decade of the 18th century and identified as containing over 30 previously unknown choral preludes dating from Bach's formative years. These pieces offer a fascinating insight into the development of the young Bach and also give glimses of the composer he was to become.

'Of the several versions of the Neumeister collection, this beats the lot' (Fanfare, USA)

'Early - yet highly innovative - Bach in attractive performances, enhanced by the beautiful sound of this Metzler organ ... This instrument is one of the most beautiful organs I have ever heard, and Herrick exploits every conceivable combination of stops to achieve a pleasing variety of colour' (Gramophone)

'The cleanness of tone is matched by Herrick's sober and dignified approach, in which the music is simply allowed to speak for itself. Herrick aims not to capture the moment, but to unfold the music before us clearly and logically, and does so with panache' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Herrick's performances are well paced, carefully conceived and imaginatively registered; the counterpoint is always clear, and chorale melodies distinctly voiced' (International Record Review)

'A perfect match of music, organ and player' (Classic CD 'Choice')

'Warmly commended' (Organists' Review)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These 38 chorale preludes come from a collection of 83 pieces compiled in the 18th century by Johann Gottfried Neumeister that eventually made its way to Yale University, where it was discovered by the Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. Bach's preludes are early works, and as Wolff so aptly wrote: 'Already there is innovation. There's a degree of originality and sophistication that is really quite remarkable.' Herrick gives clear, attractive performances with rhythmic articulation and lively ornamentation. Some listeners may find his playing too calculated and self-conscious, but these are sprightly readings, free of excessive mannerism. The most enjoyable aspect of the CD is the way Herrick gives each chorale prelude its own distinct sound world, despite having only a nine-stop, one-manual Metzler organ.

This instrument is one of the most beautiful organs imaginable, and Herrick achieves a pleasing variety of colour. Some may find the organ a little too closely miked.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ach, Gott und Herr, BWV 714
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 719
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 737
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 742
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1733

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt, BWV deest
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1705

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wir Christenleut' (II), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 1), BWV 1090 (BC K161)
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Das alte Jahr vergangen ist (II), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 2), BWV 1091 (BC
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wir Christenleut, BWV 1090
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herzliebster Jesu, BWV 1093
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1705

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Jesu, wie ist dein Gestalt, BWV 1094
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Lamm Gottes unschuldig (V), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 6), BWV 1095 (BC K16
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christ, der du bist Tag und Licht, BWV 1096
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1705

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ehre sei dir, Christe, BWV 1097
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wir glauben all an einen Gott (III), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 9), BWV 1098
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aus tiefer Not schrei'ich zu dir, BWV 1099
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1100
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt (III), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 12), BWV
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Du Friedenfürst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1102
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BWV 1103
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wenn dich Unglück tut greifen an, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 15), BWV 1104 (B
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meine Freude (III), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 16), BWV 1105 (BC K178)
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf und Trost, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 17), BWV
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BWV 1107
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Als Jesus Christus in der Nacht, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 19), BWV 1108 (BC
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ach Gott tu dich erbarmen, BWV 1109
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Herre Gott, dein göttlich's Wort (II), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 22), BWV
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 23), BWV 1111 (BC
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christus, der ist mein Leben, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 1112 (BC K185)
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich hab mein Sach Gott heimgestellt (IV), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 24), BWV
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut, BWV 1114
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 26), BWV 1115
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1705

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (I), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 27), BWV 1116
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Alle Menschen müssen sterben (II), chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 28), BWV 1117 (
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Werde munter, mein Gemüte, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 30), BWV 1118 (BC K192)
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wie nach einer Wasserquelle, chorale prelude for organ (Neumeister Chorale no 31), BWV 1119 (BC K19
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 1120 (BC K194)
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Zofingen, Switzerland (04/15/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1705