Bach: Motets Bwv 225-230 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

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Bach's motets have been very lucky on disc. This latest version from Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan is as good as it gets. In addition to the canonic six pieces, BWV 225-230, we also get the much more rarely heard Ich lasse dich nicht BWV Anh. 159, and O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht BWV 118. This brings the playing time of the disc up to more than 75 minutes, and may well prove important to Bach collectors. The singing is uniformly excellent, the small choir and soloists seemingly perfectly scaled to give the more complex pieces, Jesu, meine Freude in particular, plenty of contrast without any cost of contrapuntal clarity.

In the works with double choir, Suzuki has decided to double the first choir with strings, the second with winds, an excellent choice. In the other works he mixes winds and strings, always with an ear to giving each voice its own vivid identity. He doesn't dispute the authenticity of the brief BWV 230 (Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden), and the performance has great spirit and rhythmic verve. Several of these works (Fürchte dich nicht BWV 228, for example) were written for funerals, but however solemn the occasion or the mood, the music always soars. BIS's SACD sonics are typically marvelous. Just great!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: BIS-SACD-1841


  • UPC: 7318599918419


  • Label: BIS


  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach


  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan



Works:


  1. Singet Dem Hern, BWV 225

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

    Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki


  2. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

    Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki


  3. Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

    Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki


  4. Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

    Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki


  5. Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

    Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki


  6. Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

    Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki


  7. Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV Anh. 159

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

    Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki


  8. O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV 118

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

    Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki