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Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets

Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon

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Much as, for many listeners, the mere fact that this new Bach motets recording is from Raphaël Pichon and Pygmalion will be reason enough to give it a spin, there's actually an even more noteworthy draw to this particular programme: that interspersed between the six Bach motets are three sixteenth century masterpieces drawn from the Florilegium Portense, a collection of almost 365 choral works from 58 leading sixteenth century Italian and German composers which was first published in 1618, and which in Bach's day was on the shelves of most central German choir schools – regularly used within the services, and a constant source of compositional inspiration too. What's more, the relationship with Bach himself is proven, because as Leipzig kantor he purchased new copies of the collection both in 1729 and 1737; and if you narrow in on Bach's handful of motets then the link deepens, because while the composition of his hundreds of cantatas was dictated by the liturgical calendar and often involved working with a librettist, his motets were composed under no such strictures, leaving him genuinely at liberty to draw on the Florilegium Portense in whichever way he fancied.

So the first beauty of Pygmalion's programme is the connections you're hearing at every turn between these deeply expressive motets of Bach's, and those of his forebears. Take the way his emotionally potent double-choir Komm, Jesu, komm BWV 229 comes off the back of the sensuously soaring antiphonal writing of Osculetur me osculo oris sui by Vincenzo Bertolusi (c. 1550-1608). Or the way the peacefully sombre homophony of Jacobus Gallus's (1550-1591) Ecce quomodo moritus Justus is followed by the equally homophonic chorale opening to Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227.

Add crisp, supple and silvery choral delivery, exuding understanding of and passion for the texts, plus warmly delicate and unobtrusive instrumental accompaniments, and in the Bach always the ghost of its dance roots, and it's hard to imagine how Pichon and his gang could have made this one any more enjoyable. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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1
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
Raphaël Pichon
00:06:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

2
Promptuarium musicum, Pars Tertia: Osculetur me osculo oris sui
Raphaël Pichon
00:04:33

Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Vincenzo Bertolusi, Composer

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

3
Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
Raphaël Pichon
00:08:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

4
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
Raphaël Pichon
00:07:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

5
Cantiones sacrae de praecipuis festis totius anni: Tulerunt Dominum meum (Bonus Track)
Raphaël Pichon
00:04:10

Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Hieronimus Praetorius, Composer

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

6
Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
Raphaël Pichon
00:07:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

7
Opus musicum: Ecce quomodo moritur justus
Raphaël Pichon
00:04:12

Anonymous, Lyricist - Jacobus Gallus, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

8
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "Jesu, meine Freude"
Raphaël Pichon
00:03:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

9
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "Unter deinen Schirmen"
Raphaël Pichon
00:01:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

10
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "Denn das Gesetz des Geistes"
Raphaël Pichon
00:00:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

11
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "Trotz dem alten Drachen"
Raphaël Pichon
00:02:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

12
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich"
Raphaël Pichon
00:02:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

13
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "Weg mit allen Schätzen"
Raphaël Pichon
00:01:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

14
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "So aber Christus in euch ist"
Raphaël Pichon
00:01:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

15
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "Gute Nacht, o Wesen"
Raphaël Pichon
00:04:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

16
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "So nun der Geist"
Raphaël Pichon
00:01:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

17
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: "Weicht, ihr Trauergeister"
Raphaël Pichon
00:01:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

18
Symphoniae sacrae I: Jubilate Deo
Raphaël Pichon
00:05:20

Anonymous, Lyricist - Giovanni Gabrieli, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

19
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225: "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied"
Raphaël Pichon
00:04:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

20
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225: "Wie sich sein Vater erbarmet" - "Gott, nimm dich ferner unser an"
Raphaël Pichon
00:05:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

21
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225: "Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten"
Raphaël Pichon
00:03:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Lyricist - Pygmalion, Ensemble, MainArtist - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2020 harmonia mundi 2020 harmonia mundi

Album Description

Much as, for many listeners, the mere fact that this new Bach motets recording is from Raphaël Pichon and Pygmalion will be reason enough to give it a spin, there's actually an even more noteworthy draw to this particular programme: that interspersed between the six Bach motets are three sixteenth century masterpieces drawn from the Florilegium Portense, a collection of almost 365 choral works from 58 leading sixteenth century Italian and German composers which was first published in 1618, and which in Bach's day was on the shelves of most central German choir schools – regularly used within the services, and a constant source of compositional inspiration too. What's more, the relationship with Bach himself is proven, because as Leipzig kantor he purchased new copies of the collection both in 1729 and 1737; and if you narrow in on Bach's handful of motets then the link deepens, because while the composition of his hundreds of cantatas was dictated by the liturgical calendar and often involved working with a librettist, his motets were composed under no such strictures, leaving him genuinely at liberty to draw on the Florilegium Portense in whichever way he fancied.

So the first beauty of Pygmalion's programme is the connections you're hearing at every turn between these deeply expressive motets of Bach's, and those of his forebears. Take the way his emotionally potent double-choir Komm, Jesu, komm BWV 229 comes off the back of the sensuously soaring antiphonal writing of Osculetur me osculo oris sui by Vincenzo Bertolusi (c. 1550-1608). Or the way the peacefully sombre homophony of Jacobus Gallus's (1550-1591) Ecce quomodo moritus Justus is followed by the equally homophonic chorale opening to Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227.

Add crisp, supple and silvery choral delivery, exuding understanding of and passion for the texts, plus warmly delicate and unobtrusive instrumental accompaniments, and in the Bach always the ghost of its dance roots, and it's hard to imagine how Pichon and his gang could have made this one any more enjoyable. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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