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The Leipzig Thomaspforte (c1790) by an unknown artist
AKG London
Track(s) taken from CDH55373
Recording details: November 2000
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: May 2001
Total duration: 10 minutes 59 seconds

'Charming music from one of Bach’s 17th-century predecessors as Kantor of the Thomaskirche, Leipzig. Strongly recommended' (Gramophone)

'The choral blending is fresh, vital and alert, with particularly alluring contributions from the soprano voices. The big brass arsenal is arresting and provides an effective foil for the more contemplative pieces. Thanks, King and Co' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This important recording is fine proof of Schelle’s imagination and invention … Robert King should be congratulated for an outstanding espousal of another of Bach’s forebears' (Early Music Review)

'I feel unusually evangelical about this new disc. Its riches are thrillingly overt: the music radiates a glowingly optimistic sense of spirituality comparable with the most outgoing of Bach’s later cantatas' (International Record Review)

'The man who is gifting this superlative disc to his friends is doing them the greatest favor imaginable. It contains an absolute treasure trove whose only common denominator is the high quality throughout every one of these nine works … King's fervent espousal of Schelle's marvelous music is apparent in every bar of this flawless disc' (Fanfare, USA)

'The King’s Consort are on top form throughout. Highly recommended' (The Organ)

'Anyone who has yet to investigate King's indispensable 'Bach's Contemporaries' should rectify the omission without a moment's further ado. Start with this treasure of a disc, then investigate the Kuhnau, Knüpfer and Zelenka. By that time you'll be ready to get down onto your knees and pray for further additions to the series' (Goldberg)

Gott, sende dein Licht
composer
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The cantata Gott, sende dein Licht (‘God, send your light’) is intended for Epiphany; Heidenreich’s aria verse alludes many times to the biblical story (for example in the metaphor of the star whose light leads the right way). With four voices and five instruments the work possesses a relatively rich scoring; nevertheless the composer succeeds in keeping the musical material transparent. This is created on the one hand through the repeated reduction of the parts, and on the other hand by keeping voices and instruments parallel throughout. The musical motifs chosen by Schelle fit the rhythm of the text perfectly and evoke the impression of a completely natural simplicity. These details show that he was an early advocate of aesthetic principles, which did not become common knowledge in musical practice until long after his death.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2001
English: Viola Scheffel

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