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The Leipzig Thomaskirche (1723) by Johann Gottfried Krügner (1684-1769)
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: 5 minutes 10 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)

Quemadmodum desiderat cervus
composer
? 1663
author of text
Psalm 42: 1, adapted

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Quemadmodum desiderat cervus (‘Like as the hart desireth’), set for solo bass and a small string group, stylistically belongs to an early period. It probably originates from the beginning of Knüpfer’s career in Leipzig; it perhaps belongs to a collection of sacred music which was to be printed in 1663, but apparently was eventually not published. The Italian influence, notably that of Giacomo Carissimi, is evident, especially in the flowing theme of the concluding triple-time movement.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2000
English: Viola Scheffel

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