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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67225
Recording details: June 2000
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: March 2001
Total duration: 7 minutes 5 seconds

Ascendit Christus in altum
Berlin Staatsbibliothek
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In Rosenmüller’s Ascendit Christus in altum the process of simplifying and clarifying the musical thought is taken carefully. It consists of a joyful triple-time passage that encloses a brief recitative and a duple-time strophic aria. Though a German, Rosenmüller worked for more than twenty years in Venice, an exile from his native Leipzig as the result of a homosexual scandal. It is pleasant to record, however, that in old age he returned to his native land to become the honoured Kapellmeister of the Wolfenbüttel court. Although Ascendit Christus in altum only survives in a German source, it was almost certainly written during his time in Venice.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2001

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