Bach - Motets


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1st March 2010




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Bach - Motets

Bach, J S:

Motets, BWV225-230

Motet BWV Anh. 159 'Ich lasse dich nicht'

Motet BWV118b 'O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht'

Yukari Nonoshita & Aki Matsui (soprano), Damien Guillon (counter-tenor), Satoshi Mizukoshi (tenor) & Dominik Wörner (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki



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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 to 18 singers, of which some also appear 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.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet - Gott, nimm dich ferner unser an

Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten

Johann Sebastian Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229

Komm, Jesu, komm

Drum schliess ich mich in deine Hande

Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

Jesu, meine Freude

Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches an denen

Unter deinen Schirmen

Denn das Gesetz des Geistes

Trotz dem alten Drachen

Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich

Weg mit allen Schatzen

So aber Christus in euch ist

Gute Nacht, o Wesen

So nun der Geist

Weicht, ihr Trauergeister

Johann Sebastian Bach: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

Johann Sebastian Bach: Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228

Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV Anh. 159

Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV Anh. 159

Johann Sebastian Bach: Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf

Der aber die Herzen forschet

Du heilige Brunst, susser Trost

Johann Sebastian Bach: O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV 118

O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV 118

BBC Music Magazine

June 2010


“The performance is, as you'd now expect from [Suzuki's] Collegium, excellent. Voices range from delicate soloists to a splendidly light and transparent 18-strong chorus. Instrumental support is discreet but colourful...The recording makes its distinctive mark among many competitors.”

Gramophone Magazine

July 2010

“The performances are splendid. After its solemn beginning, 'Komm, Jesu, komm' is light, almost flirtatious in places...In 'Jesu, meine Freude', Suzuki finds a perfect balance between drama and lyricism, and 'Singet dem Herrn' is full of rhythmic vitality. Recommended with all possibile enthusiasm.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“This is one of [Harnoncourt's] best CDs and, beautifully recorded, it is still worth exploring...The familiar motets are memorable too, the opening Singet dem Herrn particularly fresh, and Jesu, meine Freude strikingly beautiful.”

Presto Classical

David Smith

“The six large-scale motets BWV225-230 are among the finest choral compositions of the Baroque era, and show Bach's vocal writing at its most colourful and varied. In this recording Masaaki Suzuki leads a slightly expanded Bach Collegium Japan, encompassing a huge range of expressive shades from solemnity in Jesu, meine Freude to light-heartedness at some points in Komm, Jesu, komm.”

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