JS Bach - Motets

SDG 716  |  1 CD (19 tracks)

The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner

Recorded live in London,
St John's Smith Square, 2011

Gramophone Awards SDG716

"If all the world's depressed people had somehow been squeezed into St John's to hear this concert, the pharmaceutical companies would be out of business. Who needs pills to lift the spirits when we have the six Bach motets, and John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir to sing them?" – The Times ★★★★★

"Lightness of touch and consistent momentum – the Monteverdi Choir was on supreme form" – The Guardian ★★★★★

"Precision, purity of tone, strong rhythmic definition, clear diction ... Bach's motets are ideally suited to the Monteverdi Choir" – The Evening Standard ★★★★

Thirty years on from their acclaimed recording for Erato, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir return to the Bach Motets in a new SDG recording, taken from a concert in London last year at the end of a tour which saw performances in Italy, France, The Netherlands and Germany.

The Motets can be seen as some of Bach's most perfect and hypnotic compositions. Through their extraordinary complexity and density, they require exceptional virtuosity and sensitivity of all the performers.

Each of them is endlessly fascinating, and each inhabits its own sound world, Bach's masterful use of canon, fugue and counterpoint, the brilliant exploitation of double-choir sonorities are perfectly matched by the Monteverdi Choir's virtuosity.

The album is packaged in a hard back book similar to our other releases. It contains 44 pages booklet with original notes by John Eliot Gardiner and texts in German, English and French.


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Tracks in the album:

Sample Track Title Duration Downloads
01 "Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden" BWV 230 6:18
02 "Komm, Jesu, komm" BWV 229 8:59
03 "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf" BWV 226 7:22
"Jesu, meine Freude" BWV 227
04 1. Jesu, meine Freude 1:02
05 2. Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches 2:36
06 3. Unter deinem Schirmen 0:59
07 4. Denn das Gesetz des Geistes 0:52
08 5. Trotz dem alten Drachen 2:11
09 6. Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich 3:06
10 7. Weg mit allen Schätzen! 1:02
11 8. So aber Christus in euch ist 2:02
12 9. Gute Nacht, o Wesen 3:41
13 10. So nun der Geist des 1:23
14 11. Weicht, ihr Trauergeister 1:17
15 "Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir" BWV 228 8:39
"Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied" BWV 225
16 1. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied 4:21
17 2. Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet 9:07
18 3. Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten 3:09
19 "Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn!" BWV Anh.III 159 4:16

Total Playing Time: 1:12:22