Hilliard on Bach
Biberfan | Virginia, USA | 06/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed the Hilliard's contribution on an earlier album with Bach's BWV 4, and have many of their albums of earlier material. Expectations were set high.
If I had any issues with the interpretation it's with the women singers... in my favorite Motet, BWV 227, the phrasing isn't as smooth and flawless in intonation as the men; I compare this too with my recording with my Harmonia Mundi recording by Herreweghe.
I also get the sense that no one is directing the ensemble... this is not important, unless you hear it... I think with Bach, you have to bring out the lines... and what I do like is the one/part setting. Some double the voices with instruments; only an organ is used here, for one motet.
The recording is beautiful, and well-recorded in a resonant space. By any account it is well done, but I wish certain singers had more wisdom/guile/foresight to sing "out" from the ensemble.
There is some shaping of the dynamics in some numbers, but sometimes the texture becomes dominated with the soprano line.
The sound is easy to beomce addicted to, as is the sound with other Hilliard recordings. Clean, sonorous, and pure. Much to enjoy despite a few reservations."
Great! Each voice part is clear and understandable.
Don M. Dailey | Santa Cruz, CA | 02/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased individual download tracks from this album just to listen to Komm, Jesu, Komm BWV 229. I listened to it while reading along with my vocal score for SATBSATB double choir. Without regard to subjective issues involving musical interpretation etc (which I had none), I could clearly hear and enjoy each of the eight voice parts!
So often in choral recordings, the voice parts are not balanced and you cannot hear all the voice parts all of the time or voice parts are over balanced with orchestration (which this doesn't have).
I liked it so much that I purchased the rest of the album to enjoy the other Bach Motets."
Bach challenge met
Gabrael St Clair | Durham, NC | 05/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Bach motets are difficult to learn and present. This recording, with counter tenors singing the alto part, does an excellent job, especially with only two people on each part."