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Bach - The Motets

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Ensemble Allegria
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2251 SACD
EAN 7318599922515
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Nov 2017
Total time 67'39

Bach's motets are surrounded by much uncertainty. To begin with, we do not know how many he actually composed, as some have been lost while others have been wrongly attributed to him. Although several of the motets were written for funerals, it is also uncertain if they were actually performed during church services: as a genre, the motet was established as early as&&& the 13th century and by Bach's time it was considered to be old-fashioned and backward-looking.

Even so, the motets are the only vocal works by Bach that have an unbroken performance tradition until the present time, which may serve as testimony to the powerful response that they induce in listeners and performers alike. They were originally believed to have been composed for choir a cappella, but it is now thought that Bach himself may have performed them either a cappella or with instruments doubling the vocal parts and with basso continuo. For this recording, Grete Pedersen has opted for variety, performing four of the works with the support of the instrumentalists of Ensemble Allegria, and the remaining three with organ continuo. As on their previous, highly acclaimed releases on BIS, the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir shine in what surely is the absolute core repertoire for mixed choir.
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 8'11
01 1. Chorus. Komm, Jesu, komm 6'50
02 2. Aria. Drum schließ ich mich in deine Hände 1'21
  Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
03 Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228 7'57
  Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 7'08
04 Chorus. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf 3'18
05 Alla breve. Der aber die Herzen forschet 2'10
06 Chorale. Du heilige Brunst, süßer Trost 1'40
  Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 20'23
07 1. Chorale Verse 1. Jesu, meine Freude 1'11
08 2. Chorus. Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches an denen 2'32
09 3. Chorale Verse 2. Unter deinen Schirmen 1'09
10 4. Trio. Denn das Gesetz des Geistes 0'55
11 5. Chorale Verse 3. Trotz dem alten Drachen 2'17
12 6. Fugue. Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich 2'34
13 7. Chorale Verse 4. Weg mit allen Schätzen! 1'06
14 8. Trio. So aber Christus in euch ist 2'07
15 9. Chorale Verse 5. Gute Nacht, o Wesen 3'56
16 10. Chorus. So nun der Geist 1'20
17 11. Chorale Verse 6. Weicht, ihr Trauergeister 1'16
  Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 
18 Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 5'39
  O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118 
19 O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118 4'55
  Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 11'43
20 1. Chorus. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied 4'18
21 2. Chorale/Aria. Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet 4'11
22 3. Chorus. Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten 3'14
  Album total 67'39
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
LyricistBehm, Martin
Franck, Johann
Gerhardt, Paul
Gramann, Johann
Luther, Martin
Thymich, Paul
SopranoBraein, Ditte Marie
Korsvik, Magnhild
Solset, Berit
AltoAskvik, Mari
Carlsson, Daniel
TenorLawrence, Tim
Tsuji, Masashi
BassFestervoll Melien, Halvor
Holmgren, Olle

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