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The Leipzig Thomaskirche (1735) by Johann Georg Schreiber (1676-1750)
AKG London
Track(s) taken from CDH55393
Recording details: September 1999
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: May 2000
Total duration: 11 minutes 33 seconds

'There is no respect in which the vocal and instrumental performances or the recording fail to do justice to a composer whose revival is long overdue. I strongly recommend you to discover this for yourselves. Bravo, Hyperion! … the second release in the Bach Contemporaries series reveals a composer of imagination and flair. The King's Consort give these rarities outstanding performances' (Gramophone)

'Thrilling to the senses. This is an auspicious continuation of a series which deserves to do very well indeed' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Performances are excellent. Highly recommended' (Early Music Review)

'Robert King draws fine singing and playing from his ensemble. The soloists are uniformly excellent … Knüpfer is a real discovery—full marks to all concerned … the combination of education and pleasure is irresistible' (International Record Review)

'Beautifully executed' (Classic CD)

'The performances are immaculate' (Fanfare, USA)

'Recomendados' (CD Compact, Spain)

Was mein Gott will, das gescheh allzeit
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The chorale cantata Was mein Gott will, das gescheh allzeit (‘What my God wishes, shall be always’) is one of Knüpfer’s most elaborate works. Of the four verses, based on a song, the outer ones are musically closely related to each other and scored for the full ensemble, whereas in the middle verses the vocal parts are reduced from six to three. In the outer movements the chorale melody appears as a cantus fìrmus with imitative features, containing some complex canonic settings; in the middle movements, however, the chorale is treated more freely and with greater variation.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2000
English: Viola Scheffel

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