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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Christopher Herrick
Christopher Herrick

Organ Fireworks

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.

Flash Player Audio Icon 0140 Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Flash Player Audio Icon 0140 Part 1 52 min

Flash Player Audio Icon 0140 Part 2 36 min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • October 1, 2001

Music played in the program

PERCY WHITLOCK: Fanfare, from Four Extemporizations. EGIL HOVLAND: Toccata, Now thank we all –Christopher Herrick (1984 Harrison/Westminster Abbey, London, England, UK) Hyperion CDA66121

GASTON LITAIZE: Variations sur un Noël angevin –Christopher Herrick (1992 Klais/Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland) Hyperion CDA66917

LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN: Noël sur les jeux d’Anches sans tremblant, Number 1 –Christopher Herrick (1739 Parizot; 1992 Dupont/Eglise Saint-Remy de Dieppe, France) Hyperion CDA66816

J.S. BACH: Vivace, 1st movement, from Trio Sonata Number 6 in G, S. 530 –Christopher Herrick (1988 Metzler/Stadtkirche St. Nikolaus, Bremgarten, Switzerland) Hyperion CDA66390

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, S. 656 –Christopher Herrick (1982 Metzler/Jesuit Church, Lucerne, Switzerland) Hyperion CDA67071/2

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 HENRY WALFORD DAVIES: Solemn Melody. PAUL SPICER: Dreams of Derry –Christopher Herrick (1954 Harrison/The Temple Church, London, England, UK) Hyperion CDA67060

PAUL SPICER: Kiwi Fireworks, excerpts –Christopher Herrick (1906 Norman & Beard/Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand) Hyperion CDA66778

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.