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Knupfer: Sacred Music / Sampson, King, King's Consort

Knupfer / Sampson / King's Consort / King
Release Date: 09/13/2011 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55393   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sebastian Knüpfer
Performer:  Carolyn SampsonRobin BlazeJames BowmanJames Gilchrist,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is no respect in which the vocal and instrumental performances or the recording fail to do justice to a composer whose revival is long overdue.

Sebastian Knupfer? If you know of him, it is far more likely to be through reading about him than hearing his music - his name does not grace the current catalogue. In either event you should be pleased by this issue. He was the pre-penultimate predecessor of Bach, becoming organist and choirmaster at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig in 1657 at the age of 24, remaining in the post until his death in 1676; he was followed by Johann Schelle (also mislaid in aural history's wash) and Kuhnau. His popularity in Germany was high, and it is due to the many surviving hand-written
Read more copies of his music and the work of Brian Clark in transcribing them that history's flawed verdict is overturned by this recording - here there is no Robert King: deserves to feel proud of this disc such thing as double jeopardy.

Most of the works on the CD are in the form of vocal concertos in which passages for soloists contrast with the weight of the choir, and Kniipfer's versatile use of the latter is most impressive. No less striking is his symbolic use of the often large body of instruments, as in Herr, strafe mich nicht in deinem Zorn, where humility and pain are expressed through two recorders in the second verse, and God's wrath by trumpets and timpani in the third and last, which ends on a conciliatory note, quietly sounded by the trumpets - God is merciful. His style is a personal reconciliation of Italian and German elements, underpinned by mastery of every facet of his compositional craft. There is no respect in which the vocal and instrumental performances or the recording fail to do justice to a composer whose revival is long overdue. I strongly recommend you to discover this for yourselves. Bravo, Hyperion!

- John Duarte, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht by Sebastian Knüpfer
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor),
James Gilchrist (Tenor), Peter Harvey (Bass), Rebecca Outram (Soprano),
Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1670-1675; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Quaemadmodum desiderat cervus by Sebastian Knüpfer
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Bass)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1663; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: Latin 
3.
Super flumina Babylonis by Sebastian Knüpfer
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Charles Daniels (Tenor), Robin Blaze (Countertenor),
Peter Harvey (Bass)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: Latin 
4.
Was mein Gott will, das gescheh allzeit by Sebastian Knüpfer
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano),
James Gilchrist (Tenor), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Michael George (Bass)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her by Sebastian Knüpfer
Performer:  Rebecca Outram (Soprano), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Charles Daniels (Tenor),
Michael George (Bass), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Susan Hamilton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1673; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
6.
Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist by Sebastian Knüpfer
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Michael George (Bass),
James Gilchrist (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
7.
Jesus Christus unser Heiland by Sebastian Knüpfer
Performer:  Rebecca Outram (Soprano), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Michael George (Bass), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
8.
Die Turtletaube lässt sich hören by Sebastian Knüpfer
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor),
Rebecca Outram (Soprano), Michael George (Bass), Charles Daniels (Tenor),
James Gilchrist (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1676; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 

Featured Sound Samples

Was mein Gott will, das gescheh allzeit: II. Gott ist mein Trost, mein' Zuversicht
Die Turteltaube lässt sich hören: IV. Gelobet sei Gott und der Vater

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 superb clarity December 21, 2013 By Michael L. (Mechanicsburg, PA) See All My Reviews "Kings Consort replicates the contents as if you were attending in person. My ancestors spoke german and the sonorous instruments coupled with the voices is excellent. A must for any secular music afficianado!" Report Abuse
 Splendor in Leipzig July 4, 2013 By Edward Greene (Bath, ME) See All My Reviews "The good citizens of Leipzig were blessed with great music long before Bach came to take up the post of Kantor at St. Thomas' Church. This disc gives a kaleidoscopic sampling of the works of Sebastian Knupfer, who flourished in the 3rd quarter of the 1600's. The music has an immediate appeal -- mostly chordal textures and singable tunes with richly varied instrumentation. The vocal ensemble and soloists do a marvelous job of conveying the spirit of the texts, which are of very high quality -- some from the Latin Vulgate, some from Luther's German Bible, and some traditional chorales. This is splendid music that has languished too long on library shelves and is now brought to vibrant life by first-rate artists." Report Abuse
 Wow! Just Wow!!! July 15, 2012 By Clifford H C. (Thompson, MB) See All My Reviews "Knupfer: Sacred Music

Wow! Just Wow!!!

From the first time I played this CD I was awestruck! Where has this remarkable music hiding all these years! I’m at that age where my Bach Collection is complete (Like that will every really happen). But I am searching the catalogs for some new blood to infuse into my music library. Then I heard this CD! (Yes it is that exciting!)

The cantata “Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht” is an absolute masterpiece. It left me sitting with my mouth gaping open, sitting in front of my stereo. It is one of those Lutheran moralistic laments that just lays the guilt, suffering and loss. It plays so well on your feelings of guilt, that it is a testament to the composers abilities. Oh and want to talk sadness try “Super flumina Babylonis” it is absolutely remarkable. Just sitting and wanting to cry when they sing “By the waters of Babylon, we sat down and wept, when we remember thee, O Sion.” It is remarkable! But Knupfer is no one trick wonder. He moves through all of the emotions showing amazing joy and hope.

One also has to mention Robert King, the Soloists and the Kings Consort for remarkable performances. These people do a remarkable job of bringing this music to live after so many centuries. There is not a single place on this disk that the performers don’t give it everything. A real sense of joy can be heard from the performers and the music that they are creating. They really deserve a standing ovation.
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