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Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar
author of text
Christmas Hymn

'Schelle: Sacred Music' (CDH55373)
Schelle: Sacred Music
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Track 9 on CDH55373 [8'31] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar
Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar (‘From heaven came a throng of angels’) is a Christmas cantata which opposes three instrumental choirs (trumpets and timpani, cornets and trombones, strings) to a five-part vocal choir. All six sections of this work develop the melody of the famous Lutheran Hymn with changing techniques. By shaping verses I and VI, and II and V almost identically, Schelle achieves a symmetrical framework, at whose centre, with verses III and IV, an elated, danceable version of the chorale appears, as well as a monumental cantus firmus arrangement. Corresponding with his artistic ambitions for this piece, Schelle employs elaborate composing techniques so that, again, this work not only appears easily comprehensible, but at the same time displays great glory and naturalness.

from notes by Peter Wollny © 2001
English: Viola Scheffel

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67260 track 9
Recording date
10 November 2000
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Schelle: Sacred Music (CDA67260)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: May 2001
    Deletion date: January 2009
    Superseded by CDH55373
  2. Schelle: Sacred Music (CDH55373)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: September 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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