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Track(s) taken from CDA67247

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV659

composer
1708/17; revised into Leipzig Chorales collection, the '18' circa 1744/7

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Recording details: December 2000
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: March 2002
Total duration: 4 minutes 42 seconds
 

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Christopher Herrick (organ)
David Goode (organ)

Reviews

'A beguiling and brilliantly conceived programme, brilliantly performed. A special recommendation for a most delightful and unusual disc' (Gramophone)

'An engaging programme' (BBC Music Magazine)

‘the instrumental tone is very attractive and the standard of playing simply splendid’ (American Record Guide)

‘the Sinfonia to Cantata 29 is vibrant and exhilarating … this is certainly an interesting addition to the Bach catalogue’ (Cathedral Music)

‘splendid performances … all done with taste and affection’ (Early Music Today)

‘The playing and singing are of course very good indeed’ (Scotland News)

‘This disc is a unique journey through some of Bach’s sacred music, with, as guides, an ensemble which takes an original approach to the music and comes out a winner … This is certainly one of the most interesting ‘derivative’ Bach albums I have heard in a long time’ (MusicWeb International)
BWV659 is one of the jewels of the collection, whether seen in the textures (the walking bass), the harmony (fluid inner parts, effortless sequences, and beautifully crafted suspensions), or the expressively ornamented chorale. Of the three settings, the current performer sees the first as representative specifically of the birth of Christ. The G minor key matches some of the greatest utterances on the organ for Bach—the ‘Sei gegrüsset partita’, the Fantasia and Fugue—and the cantus lines emphasise ascent, even when the chorale phrase doesn’t; perhaps a surprising emphasis given the text, which references the descent of the Saviour in the Incarnation. The inner parts are typically dense in motifs that are traceable both to the chorale and to the ornamented cantus firmus line. There are four phrases, with long episodes in between, giving a meditative focus. Note the beautiful harmonic sequences found throughout this setting, which is a feature of the writing of all three ‘Nun komm’ settings.

from notes by George Parsons © 2017

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