MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2024
60,000 reviews
... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing



CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Dieterich BUXTEHUDE (c.1637-1707)
Complete Organ Works - Volume 3

Praeludium in D minor, BuxWV140 [7:19]
Danket dem Herren, BuxWV181 [2:55]
Canzonetta in G major, BuxWV172 [2:07]
Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV163 [7:52]
Canzona in E minor, BuxWV169 [2:44]
Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BuxWV185 [2:03]
Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BuxWV212 [3:16]
Praeludium in F major, BuxWV145 [6:33]
Herr Jesu Christ, ich weiss gar wohl, BuxWV193 [2:27]
Magnificat primi toni, BuxWV203 [8:05]
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV189 [1:47]
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BuxWV186 [2:30]
Puer natus in Bethlehem, BuxWV217 [0:54]
Praeludium in C major, BuxWV136 [6:17]
Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BuxWV200 [3:38]
Canzona in G major, BuxWV170 [3:46]
Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BuxWV191 [3:33]
Praeludium in F sharp minor, BuxWV146 [7:35]
Christopher Herrick (organ)
rec. St-Louis-en-l'Īle, Paris, April 2010. DDD
HYPERION CDA67855 [75:21]

Experience Classicsonline

This is volume 3 in Christopher Herrick's complete organ works of Dieterich Buxtehude on Hyperion. Volume 2 is reviewed here (scroll down about a third of a page), with links to some of the already completed cycles on other labels. Following the (likely) tricentenary of Buxtehude's birth in 2007, there are now, happily, dozens of CDs of his organ music available that prove that he was every bit Johann Sebastian Bach's equal on this magnificent instrument; the influence, after all, can only have been in one direction.

This release is of mainly short pieces: the Canzonas, Chorale Preludes, set of Choral Variations and one of the Chorale Fantasias are all around three minutes or less. Only the five Preludes (Praeludia) and the Magnificat fantasia are more substantial; nevertheless, this is 75 minutes of outstanding music and playing - elegant, flamboyant, uplifting, exciting, mellifluous.

The Praeludia in particular are among of the most exhilarating organ music of their - or any - time. The so-called stylus fantasticus was never a term better applied, whether technically or idiomatically, than to these bold, rollicking works. Christopher Herrick puts in a performance worthy of Buxtehude, light and fleet of finger and foot, instinctive and brilliant. He comes as close as is possible to recreating on a recording the experience of hearing Buxtehude improvising the thrilling Praeludium in G minor or the soul-stirring, bone-shaking Praeludium in F# minor - and what an experience it must have been! Even the shortest pieces, like the lively two-minute Canzonetta, manage to speak volumes about the inventiveness and virtuosity of this still under-exposed composer.

The technical sound quality and church acoustics are generally very good, and the organ at St-Louis-en-l'Ile - started only in 2002 and inaugurated as recently as 2005 - glorious. As usual with Hyperion, the CD booklet gives excellent detail on performer, composer and music, even including a complete list of stops employed for each piece. The picture on the front cover is not of St Louis, but there is a black and white photo of the organ inside the booklet.






Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Past and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.