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Prelude on Von Himmel hoch

composer
on the tune by Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 
Johann Pachelbel’s lilting 12/8 Prelude on ‘Vom Himmel hoch’ sets the tune in the pedals against two manual parts, which treat each line of the chorale in dialogue. High-sounding stops emphasize the dancing quality of the piece, while the angels’ tidings to the shepherds are greeted on the last note by the nightingale, a suitably festive jeu d’esprit.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1997

Le chantant Prélude sur «Vom Himmel hoch», à 12/8, de Johann Pachelbel place la mélodie dans les pédales, contre deux parties de manuel, qui traitent chaque ligne du choral en dialogue. Des registres grandiloquents accentuent la qualité dansante de la pièce, tandis que les nouvelles annoncées par les anges aux bergers sont accueillies sur la dernière note par le rossignol, un jeu d’esprit adéquatement festif.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Westrop © 1997
Français: Hypérion

Johann Pachelbels munteres Präludium über ‘Vom Himmel hoch’ im 12/8-Takt stellt die Melodie im Pedalwerk zwei Manualstimmen gegenüber, welche jede Choralzeile dialogisch behandeln. Durch hohe Register wird die tänzerische Natur des Stückes besonders hervorgehoben, und die Botschaft der Engel an die Hirten wird beim letzten Ton von der Nachtigall gegrüßt – ein gebührend feierliches Zeugnis dieser Geisteshaltung.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1997
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner

Recordings

Organ Fireworks, Vol. 7
CDA66917Archive Service

Details

Track 10 on CDA66917 [1'57] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66917 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-91710
Duration
1'57
Recording date
31 July 1996
Recording venue
Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Organ Fireworks, Vol. 7 (CDA66917)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: April 1997
    Deletion date: December 2008
    Archive Service
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