Bach Js Motets Bwv 225-230 159

Gardiner John Eliot Monteverdi Choir

Bach Js Motets Bwv 225-230 159
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Bach Js Motets Bwv 225-230 159

Gardiner John Eliot Monteverdi Choir

Catalogue # SDG716

Thirty years on from their acclaimed recording for Erato, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir return to the Bach Motets in a new SDG recording, taken from a concert in London last year at the end of a tour which saw performances in Italy, France, The Netherlands and Germany.

The Motets can be seen as some of Bach’s most perfect and hypnotic compositions. Through their extraordinary complexity and density, they require exceptional virtuosity and sensitivity of all the performers.

Each of them is endlessly fascinating, and each inhabits its own sound world, Bach’s masterful use of canon, fugue and counterpoint, the brilliant exploitation of double-choir sonorities are perfectly matched by the Monteverdi Choir’s virtuosity.

The album is packaged in a hard back book similar to our other releases. It contains 44 pages booklet with original notes by John Eliot Gardiner and texts in German, English and French.

JS Bach: Motets, BWV225-230
Recorded live in London, St John’s Smith Square, 2011

Bach, J S:
Motets, BWV225-230
Motet BWV Anh. 159 ‘Ich lasse dich nicht’

Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Review

Firstly, although yes it’s very shallow, I love the cover of this album. I feel like it sums up Bach in a single picture, we’re always teetering on the edge of possibilities while being grounded enough to casually hold our shoes in one hand. Sir John Eliot Gardiner is our guide through the Motet’s of Bach and since he’s had the treble parts memorised since he was twelve, I think he’s impressively suited to the role. Immediately apparent from the opening notes, he got me on the moments of silence in which you literally hold your breath waiting for the next note. These are lovingly recorded and a must for any fan of Bach or vocal music.

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