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J.S. Bach: Motetten
Gordon Jones, Johann Sebastian Bach, David Gould
J.S. Bach: Motetten
Genre: Classical
 
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An album fans have been waiting for: the legendary Hilliard Ensemble singing seven works that are widely considered to be the peak of vocal music - J.S. Bach's motets. These pieces form an important part of the standard re...  more »

     
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All Artists: Gordon Jones, Johann Sebastian Bach, David Gould, David James, Rogers Covey-Crump, Joanne Lunn, Rebecca Outram, Steven Harrold
Title: J.S. Bach: Motetten
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 5/22/2007
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028947657767

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An album fans have been waiting for: the legendary Hilliard Ensemble singing seven works that are widely considered to be the peak of vocal music - J.S. Bach's motets. These pieces form an important part of the standard repertoire of all major vocal groups, and the accessible and well-known music will attract audiences beyond core classical listeners. Pieces like "Singet dem Herr nein meues Lied" and "Jesu meine Freude" are among the most popular compositions by Bach, while "Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn" has only recently been acknowledged as an authentic work by Bach. Previous albums from the Hilliard Ensemble featuring the music J.S. Bach, Ricercar and the hit recording Morimur, have sold incredibly well. On this album, the four core Hilliard members (James, Harrold, Covey- Crump and Jones) are joined by four long-standing musical partners for a perfectly balanced and transparent interpretation. For more than 30 years the Hilliard Ensemble has been known as one of the most outstanding vocal groups in the world. Their collaboration with ECM Records began in 1986 and has produced several of the label's signature recordings - Officium (with Jan Garbarek), Morimur, Gesualdo: Tenebrae and many recordings of the music of Arvo Pärt. Recent recordings of music from Machaut (Grammy nominated) and Gombert have met with unanimous critical praise.

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CD Reviews

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."