JS Bach: Motets

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JS Bach: Motets

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31st Jan 2011




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JS Bach: Motets

Bach, J S:

Motets, BWV225-230

Motet BWV Anh. 159 'Ich lasse dich nicht'

Motet BWV226 'Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf'

choral setting associated with BWV226

Motet BWV225 'Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied'

second chorale verse

The Bach Sinfonia, Daniel Abraham



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Dorian Sono Luminus is proud to present this masterful period-accurate rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets, performed on period instruments and accurate vocal part assignments by The Bach Sinfonia, under the direction of renowned conductor and scholar Daniel Abraham. This performance transports the listener to a different time and place, and gives a listening experience as would have been heard by the original audiences.

No music by J. S. Bach performed as often as his motets leaves so many unanswered questions. Bach’s motets evidently did not have a regular place in the liturgy but were rather for special occasions, and only in one instance do we know for what purpose Bach used a motet. Only two motets are preserved in Bach’s hand or in manuscripts copied for his use, so we are denied the source-critical clues that help to establish the date and function of much of his other vocal music. The lack of original sources also limits our ability to trace the genesis of the pieces, several of which apparently had origins in older material that Bach reworked. And the limited survival of original performing parts restricts our knowledge of Bach’s performance practices in his motets.

The Bach Sinfonia is dedicated to excellence in performance, public education and disseminating a greater understanding of the variety of styles, composers, and masterpieces of the baroque, pre-classical, and classical periods. Specialists in the performance of music of the 17th and 18th centuries, the ensemble presents concerts, lectures, and other cultural events designed to be not only entertainment but also an educational experience. The Bach Sinfonia has performed for Meetings of the American Musicological Society, for the International Conference Attending to Early Modern Women, at the Concert Hall at Strathmore and other prestigious venues and regularly sells out their performances. Their performances and recordings have received outstanding reviews and international recognition.

The work of conductor Daniel Abraham has garnered praise from many noteworthy sources including The Washington Post, Choral Journal, the BBC and Early Music America. Abraham’s performances have been nationally broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, he has appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Concert Hall of the Music Center at Strathmore, The National Women’s Museum of the Arts, and has prepared choruses for the national broadcasts of the Kennedy Center Honors Gala (PBS) and Christmas in Washington (TNT). Abraham is associate professor of music and director of choral activities at American University in Washington, D.C., and is a sought after clinician who has given master classes and clinics throughout the United States, Canada, and as far as Cairo, Egypt.

This album is sure to charm and intrigue lovers of Bach, period performance practice, and stellar choral music. This release is supported by a three-part interview with Daniel Abraham, available online.

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

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226

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

Komm, Jesu, komm

Drum schliess ich mich in deine Hande

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

Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228

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: 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: 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: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226: Choral: Du heilige Brunst, susser Trost

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225: Choral: Die Gottesgnad' alleine - Aria: Gott, nimm dich ferner unser an

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