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Track(s) taken from CDH55373

Christus ist des Gesetzes Ende

for the funeral of Gottfried Egger on 13 July 1684
author of text
Romans 10: 4

The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
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: 4 minutes 47 seconds

Cover artwork: The Leipzig Thomaspforte (c1790) by an unknown artist
AKG London
Christus ist des Gesetzes Ende  [4'47]


'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)
A mourning motet by Schelle is the large-scale double-choir setting of Christus ist des Gesetzes Ende (‘Christ is the law’s end’). The work was written for the funeral of the Leipzig citizen Gottfried Egger on 13 July 1684. The composition stands in the tradition of the Middle German motet as it was cultivated, amongst others, by Schelle’s teacher Heinrich Schütz and his predecessors Hermann Schein and Tobias Michael.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2001
English: Viola Scheffel

Christus ist des Gesetzes Ende («Christ est la fin de la loi») est un motet de lamentation de Schelle, écrit pour les funérailles d’un habitant de Leipzig, Gottfried Egger, le 13 juillet 1684. Cette composition s’inscrit dans la tradition des motets de l’Allemagne centrale telle que Heinrich Schütz, le professeur de Schelle, et ses prédécesseurs Hermann Schein et Tobias Michael l’avait cultivée.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Wollny © 2001
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Eine Trauermotette Schelles ist die großangelegte doppelchörige Vertonung von Christus ist des Gesetzes Ende. Das Werk entstand für das Begräbnis des Leipziger Bürgers Gottfried Egger am 13. Juli 1684. Die Komposition steht in der Tradition der mitteldeutschen Motette, wie sie unter anderem von Schelles Lehrer Heinrich Schütz und seinen Vorgängern Hermann Schein und Tobias Michael gepflegt wurde.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Wollny © 2001


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