Appointed to the position of Thomaskantor in Leipzig at the age of 24,
Knüpfer was a musician of exceptional accomplishment, not only as singer
but as a composer. Contemporaries were in awe of his ability in sundry arts,
so his demise at 43 was a matter of great regret.
This collection is obviously representative of Knüpfer's extant
music, and selected from psalm-settings and cantatas. There is no lack of
variety in textures, nor of ideas that are regenerative [listen
track 2, 0:00-1:05; track 17, 0:00-1:00].
His use of colour points to a composer sensitive to the detail that activates
These performances under the aegis of Robert King provide another sample
of an obscure composer working at a propitious time, and of the scholars
today who have restored more music meant for performance rather than an
idling on a library shelf.
Copyright © 16 May 2001
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
CD INFORMATION - HYPERION CDA67160
PURCHASE THIS DISC FROM CROTCHET
PURCHASE THIS DISC FROM AMAZON
& Vision home Recent reviews
Vaughan Williams >>
Record Box is Music & Vision's regular Wednesday series
of shorter CD reviews