J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Organ Miniatures

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christopher Herrick
Individual Works:Allabreve in D BWV 589
'Little' Fugue in G minor BWV 578
'Little' Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 533
Prelude in A minor BWV 569
Pastorale in F BWV 590
Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 549a
'Gigue' Fugue in G BWV 577
Three-part Ricercare in C minor (Musical Offering) BWV 1079
Fantasia in A minor BWV 561
Trio in D minor BWV 583
Fantasia con imitatione in B minor BWV 563
Four Duets BWV 802 - 805
Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 550
'Fasch' Trio in C minor BWV 585
Prelude in A minor BWV 551
'Couperin' Aria in F BWV 587
Prelude and 'Fiddle' Fugue in D minor BWV 539
Trio in G (transcription) BWV 1027a
Prelude in G BWV 568
Fugue in G BWV 576
Toccata in E BWV 566.html">BWV 566
Fantasia in C BWV 570
Fugue in C minor BWV 575
Prelude and Fugue in G minor BWV 535
Canzona in D minor BWV 588
'Telemann' Trio in G BWV 586
Six-part Ricercare in C minor ('Musical-Offering') BWV 1079
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hyperion
Catalog Number:CDA67211/2
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Total Playing Time:156'06
Comments:Jordan Sayers said:

This set of "Organ Miniatures" is a treat in so many ways. First, my favorite organist, Christopher Herrick recorded by the recording genius Paul Niederberger (whom I mention due to his technical wizardry in making this difficult to record instrument sound so life-like). Next, the running time for this set of discs is one-hundred fifty-six minutes, six seconds!
There are too many high points on this disc to comment but I especially enjoy the Three-part and the Six-part Ricercare from the Musical Offering. I've never heard them performed on and organ and they sound superb. The 'Couperin' aria is another gem. Bach must have really enjoyed writing these pieces and it sounds like Herrick had a grand time recording them.
One feature of Herrick's playing that impresses me so much is this: Whereas many musicians succumb to their egos and pompously try to stamp their mark on the score, making the music something it wasn't intended to be, Herrick allows Bach's music to speak for itself; Nothing flashy or gaudy here, no excessive ornamentation to ruin the music. He allows Bach's music to speak on it's own terms and this is what clearly seperates him from the crowd. There is a certain integrity in his playing. Another must-have disc, highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Jordan Sayers
Date First Submitted:06/20/2003