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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: 8 minutes 4 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)

Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
One of the most mysterious works ascribed to Knüpfer is the chorale cantata Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist (‘When my hour has come to leave’). In its musical substance, the piece is based upon a dialogue cantata by Johann Rosenmüller; however, with the exception of the introductory sinfonia and the concluding chorale, this was drastically changed in its formal character and structure. Should the present arrangement really be Knüpfer’s—the records in the Grimma collection leave few doubts about this—it is a precious proof for Knüpfer’s acquisition of the famous, harmonically rich, sonorous and even sensuous compositional style developed by Rosenmüller, which introduced a new era to the central German music of the middle of the seventeenth century.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2000
English: Viola Scheffel

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