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Collegium Vocale Gent|Johann Sebastian Bach : Motets (Intégrale)

Johann Sebastian Bach : Motets (Intégrale)

Collegium Vocale de Gand - Philippe Herreweghe

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In this exemplary recording of six Bach motets Philippe Herreweghe leads Collegium Vocale Ghent (an ensemble that includes both singers and instrumentalists) and ten soloists in performances of exceptional finesse and elegance. That's no easy task given the dense contrapuntal textures that characterizes several of the motets written for double chorus and orchestra. It takes great skill to keep the music, in a movement like the opening to "Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied," from turning into a murky undifferentiated stew of busyness, but Herreweghe keeps the sound open and varied. One crucial element is the absolutely pristine intonation and pure tone of the singers, which makes the harmonies clear and distinct. Herreweghe's graceful shaping of the phrases creates the sense of overlapping waves rising and falling rather than a monolithic wall of sound. The choruses' discipline in their precise observance of producing matching vowels is another factor that allows the intricacies of the music to come across as clean and well-defined. Although it is scored it for the same forces, in Komm, Jesu, komm Bach works with gleaming, transparent textures, where the felicities of Herreweghe's leadership and the refinement of the soloists, choruses, and orchestra are even more clearly in evidence. His attention to the emotional content of the piece gives the music a powerfully yearning warmth that, in spite of the large number of performers, feels intensely intimate. The engineers deserve much credit for creating such a carefully balanced aural environment, where details pop with amazing clarity and the sound is at the same time warm and enveloping. This is a release best experienced on a sound system that provides optimal separation and definition. Highly recommended; these are performances that should delight and dazzle fans of Baroque choral music.
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Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
I. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
00:04:43

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

2
II. Coro "Wie sich ein Vat’r erbarmet" - Aria "Gott nimm dich ferner unser an"
00:04:05

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

3
III. Lobet den Herrn
00:03:47

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

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

4
I. Komm, Jesu, komm
00:06:53

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Maria Keohane, Performer - Robin Blaze, Performer - Hans Jörg Mammel, Performer - Stephan MacLeod, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

5
II. Aria "Drum schliess ich mich in deine Hände"
00:01:19

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Maria Keohane, Performer - Robin Blaze, Performer - Hans Jörg Mammel, Performer - Stephan MacLeod, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

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

6
I. Choral "Jesu, meine Freude"
00:01:03

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

7
II. Es ist nun nichts
00:02:34

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

8
III. Choral "Unter deinem Schirmen"
00:01:00

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

9
IV. Denn das Gesetz
00:00:52

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

10
V. Trotz dem alten Drachen
00:02:10

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

11
VI. Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich
00:02:33

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

12
VII. Choral "Weg mit allen Schätzen"
00:01:04

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

13
VIII. So aber Christus in euch ist (Andante)
00:01:51

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

14
IX. Choral "Gute Nacht, o Wesen"
00:03:44

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

15
X. So nun der Geist
00:01:23

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

16
XI. Choral "Weicht, ihr Trauergeister"
00:01:15

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Dorothee Mields, Performer - Damien Guillon, Performer - Thomas Hobbs, Performer - Peter Kooij, Performer - Zsuzsi Tóth, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

17
Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden, BWV 230
00:06:17

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Maria Keohane, Performer - Robin Blaze, Performer - Hans Jörg Mammel, Performer - Stephan MacLeod, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

18
Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
00:08:05

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

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

19
I. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
00:03:52

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

20
II. Der aber die Herzen forsche (Alla breve)
00:02:18

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

21
III. Choral "Du heilige Brunst"
00:01:42

Collegium Vocale Gent, Performer - Philippe Herreweghe, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

2011 Outhere 2011 Outhere

Album Description

In this exemplary recording of six Bach motets Philippe Herreweghe leads Collegium Vocale Ghent (an ensemble that includes both singers and instrumentalists) and ten soloists in performances of exceptional finesse and elegance. That's no easy task given the dense contrapuntal textures that characterizes several of the motets written for double chorus and orchestra. It takes great skill to keep the music, in a movement like the opening to "Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied," from turning into a murky undifferentiated stew of busyness, but Herreweghe keeps the sound open and varied. One crucial element is the absolutely pristine intonation and pure tone of the singers, which makes the harmonies clear and distinct. Herreweghe's graceful shaping of the phrases creates the sense of overlapping waves rising and falling rather than a monolithic wall of sound. The choruses' discipline in their precise observance of producing matching vowels is another factor that allows the intricacies of the music to come across as clean and well-defined. Although it is scored it for the same forces, in Komm, Jesu, komm Bach works with gleaming, transparent textures, where the felicities of Herreweghe's leadership and the refinement of the soloists, choruses, and orchestra are even more clearly in evidence. His attention to the emotional content of the piece gives the music a powerfully yearning warmth that, in spite of the large number of performers, feels intensely intimate. The engineers deserve much credit for creating such a carefully balanced aural environment, where details pop with amazing clarity and the sound is at the same time warm and enveloping. This is a release best experienced on a sound system that provides optimal separation and definition. Highly recommended; these are performances that should delight and dazzle fans of Baroque choral music.
© TiVo

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