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Track(s) taken from CDA67071/2

Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV655

1708/17; revised into Leipzig Chorales collection, the '18' circa 1744/7

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1995
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: April 1996
Total duration: 3 minutes 31 seconds

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David Goode (organ)


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In Leipzig, as the priest stood in the pulpit preparing to deliver his sermon, the chorale on which this prelude is based was sung, a prayer that the Holy Spirit might be present to reveal the way to truth. It is likely that the prelude would have been played as the priest made his way to the pulpit, and would have been followed by a performance of the chorale. This setting is a lively trio movement, with the chorale melody appearing in the pedals near the end.

from notes by Ian Carson © 1996

Der Choral, auf dem dieses Präludium basiert, wurde in Leipzig kurz vor der Predigt des schon in der Kanzel stehenden Priesters gesungen, in einem Gebet, das die Anwesenheit des Heiligen Geistes herbeisehnt, um den Weg zur Wahrheit zu enthüllen. Es ist denkbar, daß das Präludium gespielt wurde, als der Priester sich auf dem Weg in die Kanzel befand, und der Choral könnte somit hiernach gespielt worden sein. Diese Vertonung ist ein lebhafter Trio-Satz, in dem die Choralmelodie gegen Ende in den Pedaltönen erscheint.

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

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