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Release Date: Friday 3 September 2021
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Mons Leidvin Takle's vigorous opener - everything you would expect from a work called Yes! - sets the mood for the whole of an infectiously upbeat recital.
'A spectacular organ fabulously recorded in a mixed-bag programme of pyrotechnic displays of dazzling organ sound, interspersing works with a local connection, standard virtuoso showpieces, plenty of hitherto unknown gems and a sprinkling of more serious works from the standard repertory, all played with glorious panache and wonderful communicative zeal by the indefatigable Herrick … the whole programme is played with consummate mastery by Herrick, who brings out the fun, the colour and the joy of both music and instrument … Herrick clearly has a lot left to give the organ world' (Gramophone)
'Christopher Herrick has produced a programme here which should appeal to organ buffs and general music lovers alike … the recording is immediate and with just a four-second echo in the cathedral there is no smudging of textures' (MusicWeb International)
'It hardly needs saying that Christopher Herrick's recital is superb. The ideal sound gives the impression of 'being there'. The liner notes give all the information required for an intelligent appreciation of this repertoire … this is a well thought out recital, with lots of new discoveries (at least for me) and not a few 'old favourites'' (MusicWeb International)
Mons Leidvin Takle: Yes!
Iain Farrington: Amazing grace (No 3 of Lay my burden down)
Théodore Dubois: Fiat lux (No 8 of Douze pièces nouvelles pour orgue)
Christian Praestholm: Se, nu stiger solen af havets skød 'See the golden sun rising from the ocean' Op 32 No 1
Christian Praestholm: I østen stiger solen op 'The sun is rising in the east' Op 11 No 13
Christian Praestholm: Du, som gir os liv og gør os glade 'Lord, you give us life and happiness' Op 22 No 10
Percy Fletcher: Fountain reverie
Percy Fletcher: Festival toccata
Anders S Börjesson: Toccata 'Herren, vår Gud, är en konung' (No 3 of Tre stycken)
Hans-André Stamm: Toccata giocosa
Eugène Gigout: Toccata (No 4 in B minor of Dix pièces pour orgue)
Johannes Brahms: Prelude and Fugue in G minor WoO10
Pietro Yon: Second concert study 'Flying feet' (No 3 of 3 Compositions for organ)
Sverre Eftestøl: Bryllaupsmarsj 'Wedding march'