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Lucie Skeaping explores the importance of Lutheran chorales, or hymn tunes, in the sacred music of the German Baroque composers from Walter to Bach.

Chorales, or German hymn tunes, played a central role in the sacred music of German composers right from the time of Martin Luther (who wrote some of them himself) up to that of JS Bach. Lucie Skeaping explores some of the ways in which these composers used them, with examples from Praetorius, Pachelbel and Bach, including a complete performance of Bach's Advent cantata Nun komm, der heiden Heiland, BWV62, by the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Attrib Johann Crüger

    Nun danket alle Gott (excerpt)

    Performers: Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), University of Glasgow Chapel Choir, James Grossmith (conductor)

    • LINN.
    • CKD 419.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Organ prelude: Nun danket alle Gott, BWV657

    Performer: John Butt (organ)

    • LINN.
    • CKD419.
  • Nikolaus Decius

    O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig

    Performers: Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), University of Glasgow Chapel Choir, James Grossmith (conductor)

    • LINN.
    • CKD419.
  • Michael Praetorius

    O Lamm Gottes , unschuldig

    Performers: La Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata, Roland Wilson (director)

    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • S2K62929.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Christ lag in Todesbanden

    Performers: La Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata, Roland Wilson (director)

    • CPO.
    • 999 9162.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Organ prelude: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV.599

    Performer: Simon Preston (organ)

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 469 4202.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

    Performers: Nancy Argenta (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo-soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Olaf Bär (baritone), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • ARCHIV.
    • 437 327-2.
  • Attributed to Johann Cruger

    Nun danket alle Gott (excerpt)

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Organ prelude: Nun danket alle Gott, BWV.657

  • Nikolaus Decius

    O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig

  • Michael c.1571-1621) Praetorius

    O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig

  • Johann Pachelbel

    Christ lag in Todesbanden

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Organ prelude: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV.599

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

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