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Track(s) taken from CDA67139

Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV747


Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1999
Pfarrkirche St Michael, Kaisten, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: July 1999
Total duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds


'This boldly presented recital … holds the listener from beginning to end' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Herrick's technical mastery is stunningly apparent' (Contemporary Review)
The Passiontide chorale Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV747, effortlessly combines two distinct styles into a seamless whole. For the first half of the chorale the melody, in the tenor, is embedded in a three-part instrumental texture. Later, the melody passes to the right hand where it is subjected to considerable embellishment, in fantasia style. The moving ending, a kind of unaccompanied recitative, perhaps suggests the loneliness and rejection of the betrayed Christ.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1999

Le choral de la Passion Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV747 combine sans effort deux styles distincts en un tout homogène. Pendant la première moitié du choral, la mélodie, au ténor, est enchâssée dans une texture instrumentale à trois parties. Puis, elle passe à la main droite, où elle est soumise à un considérable ornement, dans le style d’une fantaisie. La touchante conclusion, sorte de récitatif sans accompagnement, suggère peut-être la solitude et le rejet du Christ trahi.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Westrop © 1999
Français: Hypérion

Der Passionschoral Christus, der uns selig macht BWV 747 verbindet mühelos zwei deutlich voneinander abgehobene Stile zum nahtlosen Ganzen. In der ersten Hälfte des Chorals ist die Melodie im Tenor in ein dreistimmiges Instrumentalgefüge eingebettet. Später geht die Melodie auf die rechte Hand über, wo sie erheblicher Verzierung im Stil einer Fantasie unterworfen wird. Das bewegende Ende, eine Art unbegleitetes Rezitativ, läßt womöglich die Einsamkeit und Verlassenheit des verratenen Heilands anklingen.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1999
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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