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Immortal Bach

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

 
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

Recordings

Ikon, Vol. 1
CDA66928

Details

Track 17 on CDA66928 [6'41]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66928 track 17

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-92817
Duration
6'41
Recording date
13 October 1996
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Ikon, Vol. 1 (CDA66928)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: May 1997
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