Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
Some people just enjoy a challenge. On our next Pipedreams program, we visit with one such challenged individual, a former organist at Westminster Abbey who’s now a full-time recitalist. Just to say he’d done it, Christopher Herrick went and recorded and performed in concert the complete works of Bach. But that was just a beginning. He’s scoured the world in search of interesting instruments and we’ll hear him play wide-ranging repertoire on organs from around the world. There’s no doubt HE sets off Organ Fireworks.
It’s not just concert sparklers, but the whole range of musical opportunity explored by a recitalist and recording artist who has travelled the world to find just the right sound for his successful Hyperion recordings. From London’s Temple Church to the Town Hall of Wellington, New Zealand, you’ll be delighted by Christopher Herrick’s Organ Fireworks, this week on Pipedreams.
J.S. BACH: Suite in G; Chorale-prelude, Wie schön leuchtet, S. 764; Pedal-Exercitium, S. 598; Chaconne, from Concerto in G, S. 571 –Christopher Herrick (1975 Metzler/St. Michael Church, Kaisten, Switzerland) Hyperion CDA67139
SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Pomp & Circumstance March Number 1 in D, Opus 39 –Christopher Herrick (1871 Henry Willis; 1924; 1933 Harrison & Harrison; 2004 Mander/Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK) Hyperion CDA66258
Filler –GARTH EDMUNDSON: Toccata Vom Himmel hoch (1992 Klais/Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland)
Christopher Herrick has recorded, and performed in concert, the complete works of Bach. Find out more about his numerous compact discs on the Hyperion Records website.