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Monteverdi Choir|Johann Sebastian Bach : Motets

Johann Sebastian Bach : Motets

Monteverdi Choir - John Eliot Gardiner

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John Eliot Gardiner literally has a lifetime of intimate familiarity with J.S. Bach's six motets without independent instrumental accompaniment; he reports that as a boy chorister of 11 or 12 he knew the treble lines to all of them. That familiarity is evident in these exceptionally insightful and exceptionally well-sung performances with the Monteverdi Choir. The group lives up to its reputation as being in the very highest echelon of choirs worldwide, singing these especially treacherous works with almost superhuman precision, immaculate tone and balance, and infectious, unguarded passion. The singers handle Bach's exquisitely interwoven counterpoint with apparent ease even at the outrageously fast but emotionally appropriate tempos that Gardiner takes. He avoids the academic rigidity that can easily prevail in performances of counterpoint this intricate by always maintaining a dancing sense of lightness and buoyancy. The performances are also characterized by a warm intimacy. That's due at least in part the choir's remarkable control of dynamics; at its quietest moments the music comes across as an almost hushed whisper. That, in combination with the stellar engineering, creates the impression that the listener is being treated to a private performance by singers nearly close enough to reach out and touch. At the same time there is no sense of crowding and the performers have plenty of room for their singing to ring out brilliantly. Gardiner deploys a small continuo group colorfully but discreetly, offering an ideally balanced underpinning for the choir. Listeners who want to hear these small masterpieces need look no further than these exemplary and thoroughly engaging performances. Highly recommended.
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Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
00:06:18

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Bible - Old Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

2
Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
00:08:58

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Paul Thymich, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

3
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
00:07:19

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

Jesu, meine Freude (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4
Jesu, meine Freude
00:01:02

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

5
Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches an denen
00:02:36

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

6
Unter deinen Schirmen
00:00:58

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

7
Denn das Gesetz des Geistes
00:00:52

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

8
Trotz dem alten Drachen
00:02:10

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

9
Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich
00:03:06

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

10
Weg mit allen Schatzen
00:01:01

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

11
So aber Christus in euch ist
00:02:02

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

12
Gute Nacht, o Wesen
00:03:41

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

13
So nun der Geist
00:01:22

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Johann Franck, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

14
Weicht, ihr Trauergeister
00:01:14

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Johann Franck, Lyricist - Bible - New Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

15
Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
00:08:40

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Bible - Old Testament, Lyricist - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Johann Sebastian Bach)

16
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
00:04:22

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Bible - Old Testament, Lyricist - Johann Gramann, Lyricist - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

17
Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet - Gott, nimm dich ferner unser an
00:09:06

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Bible - Old Testament, Lyricist - Johann Gramann, Lyricist - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

18
Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten
00:03:09

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Gramann, Lyricist - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Bible - Old Testament, Lyricist

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

Ich lasse Dich nicht, Du segnest mich denn, BWV Anh. 159 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

19
Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV Anh. 159
00:04:21

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(C) 2012 SDG (P) 2012 SDG

Album Description

John Eliot Gardiner literally has a lifetime of intimate familiarity with J.S. Bach's six motets without independent instrumental accompaniment; he reports that as a boy chorister of 11 or 12 he knew the treble lines to all of them. That familiarity is evident in these exceptionally insightful and exceptionally well-sung performances with the Monteverdi Choir. The group lives up to its reputation as being in the very highest echelon of choirs worldwide, singing these especially treacherous works with almost superhuman precision, immaculate tone and balance, and infectious, unguarded passion. The singers handle Bach's exquisitely interwoven counterpoint with apparent ease even at the outrageously fast but emotionally appropriate tempos that Gardiner takes. He avoids the academic rigidity that can easily prevail in performances of counterpoint this intricate by always maintaining a dancing sense of lightness and buoyancy. The performances are also characterized by a warm intimacy. That's due at least in part the choir's remarkable control of dynamics; at its quietest moments the music comes across as an almost hushed whisper. That, in combination with the stellar engineering, creates the impression that the listener is being treated to a private performance by singers nearly close enough to reach out and touch. At the same time there is no sense of crowding and the performers have plenty of room for their singing to ring out brilliantly. Gardiner deploys a small continuo group colorfully but discreetly, offering an ideally balanced underpinning for the choir. Listeners who want to hear these small masterpieces need look no further than these exemplary and thoroughly engaging performances. Highly recommended.
© TiVo

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