Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach

WordPress is turning out to be a great place to discover classical music. Here’s another gem that came my way recently.

I’d never heard of Knut Nystedt before. He composed mostly choral works and was influenced by Palestrina and Gregorian chants. Here’s his biography on Wikipedia: Knut Nystedt

This piece, Immortal Bach, is so achingly beautiful, but it’s not saccharine.  It subtly and slowly changes almost imperceptibly and becomes kind of dissonant at the end.  It fools you, with all those high soprano voices and you’re lilting along with them and then all of a sudden you realize it’s kind of spooky.  Capable of sending chills down your spine.

If anyone is familiar with his work or life, please leave a comment.


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2 Responses to Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach

  1. Carl says:

    The textures are incredibly rich, and combined with the pace of change and length of time spent with the dissonance…intense. I always wonder how singers can maintain the proper pitch when the harmony is this rich. The Internet is a musical gold mine when I think of the days I had to rely on what was selected for radio or what I could afford to buy on vinyl. Along with the messy chaos, this era brings wonderful gifts.


    • kurtnemes says:

      Thanks Carl. I loved that it seemed to actually stretch out time. I had it on while doing some chores and said, that’s gotta be longer than four minutes! And it it a mystery how the singers do it!


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