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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: 9 minutes 9 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)

Super flumina Babylonis
composer
author of text
Psalm 136 (137)

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
A similarly dense and expressive work such as Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht in deinem Zorn is Knüpfer’s setting of Psalm 137, Super flumina Babylonis (‘By the waters of Babylon’). The gloomy text receives its great intensity from the two cornetts and three sackbuts which accompany the four-part vocal ensemble. A distinctive feature is that these wind instruments play only in the tutti sections, whereas the inner verses (performed largely by soloists) as well as the short ritornelli are played only by the five-part string ensemble. The melancholy atmosphere of the opening grows to a relentless rage and cursing of Babylon in the concluding fugato.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2000
English: Viola Scheffel

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