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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland a 6

author of text
Veni, redemptor gentium
translator of text

German composer and theorist Michael Praetorius was one of the most versatile and prolific composers of his generation, but is perhaps best known for his adaptations of Protestant hymns. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland a 6 takes a text by Martin Luther—a translation of the hymn ‘Veni, redemptor gentium’—and sets it to dramatic rhetorical effect, with imitative textures and arresting gestures constantly seizing the listener’s attention. As each new segment of the melody is introduced it is shortly followed by a series of increasingly florid embellishments—a constant rewiring of the texture that is interrupted with great impact to herald the final line, ‘Gott solch Geburt ihm bestellt’ (‘that God ordained him such a birth’).

from notes by Owain Park © 2019


Studio Master: CDA68299Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on CDA68299 [2'44]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68299 track 2

Recording date
5 January 2019
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas (CDA68299)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2019
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