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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: 5 minutes 42 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)

Komm, Jesu, komm
composer
witten for the funeral of Jakob Thomasius in the Leipzig Paulinerkirche on 14 September 1684
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The five part motet Komm, Jesu, komm (‘Come, Jesus, come’) was written for the funeral of the Leipzig University professor and headmaster of the Thomasschule Jakob Thomasius; it was performed in the Paulinerkirche ‘at the highly respectfully maintained corps-ceremonies on 14 September 1684’. The Leipzig poet Paul Thymich, who can be found several times as Schelle’s librettist, wrote the text. The simple stanzaic verse was set to music in the form of a simple, touching choir aria, which must have impressed Johann Sebastian Bach around 1730 so much that he used the text for his motet of the same name, BWV229, and borrowed some of Schelle’s melodic expressions.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2001
English: Viola Scheffel

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