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Nun danket
First line:
Now thank we all our God
composer
NEH413, melody from Johannes Cruger (1598-1662) Praxis Pietatis Melica (1644), harmony from Mendelssohn's Lobgesang (1840)
composer
arrangement
author of text
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Recordings
'Praise to the Lord' (CDH55036)
Praise to the Lord
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55036  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
HYP20  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Details
Track 16 on CDH55036 [3'53] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 7 on HYP20 CD1 [3'53] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler Deleted

Nun danket
Martin Rinckhart (1586–1649) studied theology at Leipzig University and after his ordination became Minister of the Lutheran Church in his home town of Eilenburg in Saxony. Rinckhart was a prolific writer and composer but much of his work was either lost of destroyed. Opinion is divided as to the date of composition of the hymn Nun danket; what is clear is that it was used at the Thanksgiving Services in 1648 following the signing of the Peace of Westphalia, which marked the end of the Thirty Years’ War. The hymn became immensely popular in Germany and was sung at many ceremonial occasions including the completion of Cologne Cathedral (before World War II) and at the laying of the foundation stone of the new Reichstag Building in Berlin by Emperor William in 1884. Catherine Winkworth (1827–1878) translated the hymn and included it in her Chorale Book for England (1863).

The German composer and theorist Johannes Cruger (1598–1662) published several theoretical works and collections of Lutheran hymns with music. Many of his settings are still in use including Jesu, meine Freude and Nun danket alle Gott. The melody of the tune Nun danket used on this recording is taken from Cruger’s collection Praxis Pietatis Melica (1644); the harmony is chiefly from the chorale ‘Let all men praise the Lord’ in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (‘Song of Praise’, 1840).

from notes by Sarah Langdon 1999

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Details for CDH55036 track 16
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-03616
Duration
3'53
Recording date
3 February 1989
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Praise to the Lord (CDH55036)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: September 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  2. Praise to the Lord (CDH88036)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: October 1989
    Deletion date: September 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Superseded by CDH55036
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