When I was writing my ‘Music of The Pater Noster Series’ Christian Geist’s setting of the Vater Unser was one of the many settings I reluctanly decided to leave out of the series lest it become too unwieldy. Geist was a German organist who spent most of his career in Scandinavia, working first at the Swedish royal court and then in Copenhagen. His setting of Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel (The Lord’s Prayer) consists of a set of three instrumental variations for two violins and bass viol on the chorale melody coupled with an interspersed sinfonia I have the Robin Blaze recording of this and like it greatly but the performance by the Spanish countertenor Carlos Mena with Ricercar consort that you’ll find below is rather more satisfying to my mind. Enjoy :-)
Video Source: De Aeternitate. Christian Geist. Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel – YouTube Published on 3 Apr 2012 by Alberto Sosa
Text & Translation: Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel
Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel.
Matthew 6: 9-13
Our Father which art in heaven,