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Organ Fireworks Vol 13 / Christopher Herrick

Album Summary

>Weitz, Guy : Grand Choeur on "Benedicamus Domino", for organ
>Bourgeois, Derek : Prelude and Toccata, for organ
>Rinck, Johann Christian : Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, for organ, Op. 90
>Olsson, Otto : Symphony for organ no 2, Op. 50 ("Credo Symphoniacum")
>Lloyd Webber, William : Dedication March, for organ
>Lemare, Edwin Henry : Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ, Op. 98
>Grainger, Percy : Handel in the Strand
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Prelude & Fugue for organ in C minor
>Duruflé, Maurice : Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on "Veni Creator", Op. 4
>Mathias, William : Recessional for organ, Op. 96/4
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Christopher Herrick continues the Scandinavian leg of his endlessly popular Organ Fireworks series with a disc of music performed on the great organ of Vasteras Cathedral in Sweden. The program is, as ever, a tempting potpourri 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 Durufle's Choral Varie on Veni Creator, a work of immense grandeur and majesty. The performance shows Herrick to be a master of the classic French idiom.

'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)

'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)



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Works Details

>Weitz, Guy : Grand Choeur on "Benedicamus Domino", for organ
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bourgeois, Derek : Prelude and Toccata, for organ
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Rinck, Johann Christian : Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, for organ, Op. 90
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Olsson, Otto : Symphony for organ no 2, Op. 50 ("Credo Symphoniacum") :: Credo in unum Deum
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Lloyd Webber, William : Dedication March, for organ
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Lemare, Edwin Henry : Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ, Op. 98
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : Handel in the Strand
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911-1930

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Prelude & Fugue for organ in C minor
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on "Veni Creator", Op. 4 :: Cho
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on "Veni Creator", Op. 4 :: Var
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on "Veni Creator", Op. 4 :: Var
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on "Veni Creator", Op. 4 :: Var
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on "Veni Creator", Op. 4 :: Var
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Mathias, William : Recessional for organ, Op. 96/4
  • Performer: Christopher Herrick (Organ)
  • Notes: Västerås Cathedral, Sweden (05/31/2008-06/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986