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Immortal Bach

First line:
Komm, süsser Tod!
composer
after BWV478
composer
author of text

Holst Singers, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: October 1996
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 1997
Total duration: 6 minutes 41 seconds

Cover artwork: Christ in Majesty.
Russian ikon from the first half of the 15th century
 
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Reviews

'Sensitive readings of the utmost sensitivity and control' (Gramophone)

'Uniformly charismatic performances. Fine engineering and notes too. Highly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)
Immortal Bach, arranged by Knut Nystedt (b1915), is essentially a derivative work, based upon temporally prolonging and overlapping the successive chords of Bach’s chorale ‘Komm, süsser Tod’ (‘Come, sweet Death’). The device, at first glance, may strike one as an intellectual gimmick; but, as in other works on this disc, the result may be described as ‘theology expressed in sound’: Bach’s ‘immortality’ is symbolized by making his music literally ‘time-less’. In the process, his simple chorale setting is elevated into something far more profound, allowing us to catch a little glimpse, however fleeting, of eternity.

from notes by Vladimir Morosan © 1997