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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: 10 minutes 30 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)

Jesus Christus, unser Heiland
composer
author of text
adapted

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The chorale cantata Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (‘Jesus Christ, our saviour’) is set for five voices and five instruments, and is based on a poetic work by Martin Luther. The melody, however, originates from the pre-Reformation period. Knüpfer combines the three verses of the text with an elaborately symmetrical musical structure. The two outer movements are scored for the full ensemble, treating the chorale melody imitatively; the third verse is a variant of the first, transformed into triple time. The concerto-like, freer middle verse is framed by a dance-like ritornello.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2000
English: Viola Scheffel

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