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Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
? 1673
author of text
chorale lines and biblical quotations

'Knüpfer: Sacred Music' (CDH55393)
Knüpfer: Sacred Music
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Movement 1: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
Movement 2: Kommt, lasst uns gehen in die Stadt
Movement 3: Alleluia: Gelobet sei Gott
Track 3 on CDH55393 [3'02] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
The Christmas concerto Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (‘From heaven on high I come here’) is one of Knüpfer’s late works, as are probably all his grandly scored sacred concertos. On the copy, which is unique in the Grimma collection, is written the date 1673, which is probably when it was composed. The composition is textually based on a free combination of chorale lines and Biblical quotations, and arranged as a dialogue between the choir of the angels, set for three sopranos and three violins, and the choir of the shepherds, scored for three lower vocal and three instrumental parts. The two choirs unite towards the end of the work in a concluding chorus, praising God. Knüpfer symbolizes the otherworldly quality and unfathomable beauty of the angelic song by a rigorous canon set to the words ‘Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe’ (‘Glory to God in the highest’).

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2000
English: Viola Scheffel

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Details for CDH55393 track 3
Alleluia: Gelobet sei Gott
Recording date
15 September 1999
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Knüpfer: Sacred Music (CDA67160)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: May 2000
    Deletion date: May 2009
    Superseded by CDH55393
  2. Knüpfer: Sacred Music (CDH55393)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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