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Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV650

circa 1748/9; Schübler Chorale No 6; arrangement of Cantata 137 movement 2

Recording details: October 2005
National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 3 minutes 22 seconds

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Christopher Herrick (organ)
David Goode (organ)


'The much-loved Palladian exuberance bursts forth in two Leipzig chorales, silvery high recorder clearly differentiated from violin, and Rodolfo Richter provides a refreshing change of timbre with a solo violin sonata, BWV1021. There are magical colours elsewhere too: the dark chromatic line of low recorder in 'Das alte Jahr', the gamba obbligato of 'Wachet auf' with recorder chorale melody, quieter than most organists would register it, but nonetheless highly effective' (BBC Music Magazine)» More

'Before I listened to it, I wasn't sure that I was going to like this recording, which is of mainly well-known music by Bach transcribed and arranged by the Ensemble themselves for the 'wrong' instruments, but I was totally convinced by the lovely performances on this CD … perfect music for Easter, or indeed any other time' (Early Music Review)» More

'Two months ago I bumped into a group of people at the Perth Festival who were emerging from a morning recital by the Palladian Ensemble which had included much of the music on this CD, their latest. The folk had stars in their eyes, and, as one of them said to me—rather memorably—'balm in the soul'. What the wonderful Palladian group had played included a perhaps unlikely set of transcriptions of some of Bach's chorales, superbly and effectively arranged for recorder, violin, viola da gamba and guitar. These featured several of the best-known chorales, including 'Wachet auf' and the Leipzig. The discreet intimacy that is evoked in this music, and in the Trio Sonatas that feature on the disc, makes for the most exquisite private listening experience and outlines, with indisputable clarity, why the Palladian Ensemble is just about peerless in this repertoire' (The Herald)

With this prelude, the underlying theme of the Schüblers comes full circle, with a return to the season of Advent and the new relationship with God, but with the sadness of experience rather than the joy of the bride. The chorale words ask: ‘Jesus, are you coming from heaven to earth now? Can my lamentation and trouble bring you to take human form?’

The chorale melody was—and is—more familiar as the tune of another hymn. In the cantata version an alto soloist sings the words ‘Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth’ from Lobe den Herren. The cantata (No 137) was first performed on the twelfth Sunday after Trinity in 1725, and the violin obbligato (or organ right hand) may portray the ‘eagles’ wings’ of the text, an image whose biblical resonances relate to Advent (Isaiah) and the Promised Land (Exodus).

from notes by Ian Carson © 1996

Mit diesem Präludium schließt die unterliegende Melodie der Schüblerschen Choräle einen Kreis, indem zur Adventszeit und einer neuen Beziehung zu Gott zurückgekehrt wird, die nun jedoch eher mit trauernder Erfahrung angefüllt ist, als mit der Freude der Braut Christi.

Die Choralmelodie war—und ist—als Melodie einer anderen Hymne eher bekannt. In der Kantatenversion singt ein Altsolo die Worte ‘Lobet den Herrn, der über allem so wunderbar herrscht’ aus Lobet den Herrn. Die Kantate (Nr. 137) wurde erstmals am zwölften Sonntag nach Trinitatis im Jahr 1725 gespielt, und die obligate Violine (oder die rechte Hand der Orgel) mag die ‘Adlerflügel’ des Textes porträtieren, ein Bild, dessen biblische Resonanz dem Advent (Jesaja) und dem Gelobten Land (2. Buch Mose) entspricht.

aus dem Begleittext von Ian Carson © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

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