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+Motetten BWV 118 & 159
Tonformat: stereo & multichannel (Hybrid)
  • Künstler: Yukari Nonoshita, Aki Matsui, Damien Guillon, Satoshi Mizukoshi, Dominik Wörner, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
  • Label: BIS, DDD, 2009
  • Bestellnummer: 5117131
  • Erscheinungstermin: 20.1.2010

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Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan have taken a short break from Bach's cantatas in order to record the same composer's Motets. Although few in number, these include such well-loved works as Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied and Jesu, meine Freude. Remarkable for their expressiveness and beauty as well as for Bach's virtuoso choral writing, most of the motets leave it open to the interpreters to perform them either a cappella or with instruments doubling the vocal parts. Masaaki Suzuki has opted for the latter alternative, and accompaniments range from a single organ, to strings and different combinations of strings and wind instruments. But nevertheless it is the singers of the Bach Collegium Japan that stand in the limelight here - and as followers of the Cantata series will already know, it is a marvellous choir. With regard to their recording of Bach's B minor Mass, the reviewer in Diapason called them 'a choir to dream of', while his colleague in Fono Forum, when writing about the Easter and Ascension Oratorios, described them as '16 singers, who sing with such clarity and flexibility that choral fullness of sound, soloistic virtuosity and transparency seem to merge, and this to a degree that one does not find in any European ensemble.' 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 and here numbers 18 singers, of which some also appears 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.

The recording of the motets took place in Bach Collegium Japan's usual venue, the Kobe Shoin Chapel, and during it a short film was made. In this, Masaaki Suzuki talks about the special place the motets hold for him. Several of them were composed for funerals, and he finds in them music with a greater ability to console than human words, but also with 'a creative power for us to survive in this world.' There is not only grief in the motets - to Masaaki Suzuki's mind there is also the sound of angelic hosts: 'I think the angels' choir [in the Gospel of St Luke] might have been a double choir - as in Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied!'

Pressestimmen

Audio 04 / 10: "Jede der Motetten präsentiert das Ensemble als funkelndes und schillerndes Klangjuwel quasi in 3-D, mit präziser Aussprache und Artikulation des Deutschen. Sehr schön, dass die Motette 'O Jesu Christ' BWV 118 dabei ist, ein absolutes Meisterwerk." FonoForum 05 / 10: "Der hervorragend eingestimmte japanische Kammerchor widmet sich den Bach'schen Kleinoden mit so viel sängerischer Leidenschaft, souveräner Musikalität und untadeligem idiomatischen Verständnis der altertümlichen deutschen Sprache ("... ob es itzt gleich kracht und blitzt..."), dass man sich dem Schwung kaum entziehen kann."
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Singet Dem Herrn Ein Neues Lied Bwv 225 (Motette)

  1. 1 Chor: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
  2. 2 Arie: Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet
  3. 3 Chor: Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten

Komm, Jesu, Komm Bwv 229 (Motette)

  1. 4 Chor: Komm, Jesu, komm
  2. 5 Arie: Drum schließ ich mich in deine Hände

Jesu, Meine Freude Bwv 227 (Motette)

  1. 6 Choral: Jesu, meine Freude
  2. 7 Chor: Es ist nun nichts verdammliches an denen
  3. 8 Choral: Unter deinen Schirmen
  4. 9 Trio: Denn das Gesetz des Geistes
  5. 10 Choral: Trotz dem alten Drachen
  6. 11 Fuge: Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich
  7. 12 Choral: Weg mit allen Schätzen!
  8. 13 Andante: So aber Christus in euch ist
  9. 14 Choral: Gute Nacht, o Wesen
  10. 15 Chor: So nun der Geist
  11. 16 Choral: Weicht, ihr Trauergeister
  1. 17 Lobet Den Herren, Alle Heiden Bwv 230 (Motette)
  2. 18 Fürchte Dich Nicht. Ich Bin Bei Dir Bwv 228 (Motette)
  3. 19 Ich Lasse Dich Nicht Bwv Anh. 159 (Motette)

Der Geist Hilft Unsrer Schwachheit Auf Bwv 226 (Motette)

  1. 20 Chor: Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf
  2. 21 Alla breve: Der aber die Herzen forschet
  3. 22 Choral: Du heilige Brunst, süßer Trost
  1. 23 O Jesu Christ, Meins Lebens Licht Bwv 118 (Motette)

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