Verbum caro factum est: A Christmas Greeting / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

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Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki have sung of the wonders of Christmas a number of times, in Bach’s cantatas and Christmas Oratorio as well as in Handel’s Messiah. Here, instead, we hear the choir a cappella in a selection of classic Christmas carols. Masato Suzuki, son of the ensemble’s founder and director, has selected some of the best-loved songs of Christmas, such as Adeste fideles and Silent Night, as well as less familiar hymns, arranging them especially for these singers. A consummate organist, he also performs a number of Louis-Claude Daquin’s noëls variés – keyboard variations on Christmas songs which became a highly popular genre in 18th-century France.

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REVIEW:

The performances are typically classy, and punctuated by a selection of Daquin’s ‘Noels’ for solo organ, played with peppery registrations by Suzuki.

– BBC Music Magazine


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: BIS-2291


  • UPC: 7318599922911


  • Label: BIS


  • Composer: Anonymous, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Xaver Gruber, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Francis Wade, Louis-Claude Daquin, Richard Storrs Willis, Samuel Scheidt, Traditional, William James Kirkpatrick


  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan


  • Performer: Aki Matsui, Hiroya Aoki, Masato Suzuki