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Bach - Motets

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Damien Guillon
Satoshi Mizukoshi
Yukari Nonoshita
Dominik Wörner
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1841 SACD
EAN 7318599918419
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2010
Total time 75'28

Diapason d'or de l'Année; BBC Music Magazine Choral Award
Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2010; Included in the 2011 Penguin Guide to the 1000 Finest Classical Recordings; Disc of the Month,; Empfohlen,; 5 stelle, Musica; Empfehlung des Monats, Fono Forum

Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki record Bach Motets (~ 8 min.)

Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan have taken a short break from Bach's cantatas in order to record the same composer's Motets. Although few in number, these include such well-loved works as Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied and Jesu, meine Freude. &&&Remarkable for their expressiveness and beauty as well as for Bach's virtuoso choral writing, most of the motets leave it open to the interpreters to perform them either a cappella or with instruments doubling the vocal parts. Masaaki Suzuki has opted for the latter alternative, and accompaniments range from a single organ, to strings and different combinations of strings and wind instruments. But nevertheless it is the singers of the Bach Collegium Japan that stand in the limelight here - and as followers of the Cantata series will already know, it is a marvellous choir. With regard to their recording of Bach's B minor Mass, the reviewer in Diapason called them 'a choir to dream of', while his colleague in Fono Forum, when writing about the Easter and Ascension Oratorios, described them as '16 singers, who sing with such clarity and flexibility that choral fullness of sound, soloistic virtuosity and transparency seem to merge, and this to a degree that one does not find in any European ensemble.' In view of the fact that several of the works are composed for double choir, the usual 16-member choir from the cantata recordings have been slightly expanded and here numbers 18 singers, of which some also appears as soloists. Included on the disc are the six motets BWV 225-231, as well as BWV 118 O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht and BWV Anh. 159 Ich lasse dich nicht.

The recording of the motets took place in Bach Collegium Japan's usual venue, the Kobe Shoin Chapel, and during it a short film was made. In this, Masaaki Suzuki talks about the special place the motets hold for him. Several of them were composed for funerals, and he finds in them music with a greater ability to console than human words, but also with 'a creative power for us to survive in this world.' There is not only grief in the motets - to Masaaki Suzuki's mind there is also the sound of angelic hosts: 'I think the angels' choir [in the Gospel of St Luke] might have been a double choir - as in Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied!'
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV225 11'53
01 [Chorus]. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied 4'28
02 [Choral/Aria]. Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet 4'01
03 [Chorus]. Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten 3'24
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV229 8'15
04 [Chorus]. Komm, Jesu, komm 6'58
05 [Aria]. Drum schließ ich mich in deine Hände 1'17
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Jesu, meine Freude, BWV227 19'47
06 Choral Vers 1. Jesu, meine Freude 1'07
07 [Chorus]. Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches an denen 2'29
08 Choral Vers 2. Unter deinen Schirmen 1'02
09 [Trio]. Denn das Gesetz des Geistes 0'56
10 Choral Vers 3. Trotz dem alten Drachen 2'09
11 [Fuge]. Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich 3'17
12 Choral Vers 4. Weg mit allen Schätzen! 0'57
13 Andante [Trio]. So aber Christus in euch ist 1'49
14 Choral Vers 5. Gute Nacht, o Wesen 3'37
15 [Chorus]. So nun der Geist 1'17
16 Choral Vers 6. Weicht, ihr Trauergeister 1'07
  Johann Sebastian Bach
17 Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV230 5'55
  Johann Sebastian Bach
18 Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV228 7'18
  Johann Sebastian Bach
19 Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWVAnh.159 4'01
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV226 7'03
20 [Chorus]. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf 3'30
21 [Alla breve]. Der aber die Herzen forschet 2'11
22 [Choral]. Du heilige Brunst, süßer Trost 1'22
  Johann Sebastian Bach
23 O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV118 (zweite Fassung) 9'19
  Album total 75'28
Choir & orchestraBach Collegium Japan
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
BassWörner, Dominik
Counter-tenorGuillon, Damien
TenorMizukoshi, Satoshi
SopranoNonoshita, Yukari

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