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J.S. Bach: Motets / Collegium Vocale Gent; La Chapelle Royale, Herreweghe

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Bach's motets, most of them composed during the 1730s, occupy a rather special position in his output. Never did the Cantor of St. Thomas's devote such meticulous attention to the musical expression of the word; never did he exploit so great a variety of tone-colors, texture and effects. It is as if the entire panoply of Baroque expressionism were concentrated in these settings of scriptural texts. These exceptional performances by Collegium Vocale led by Philippe Herreweghe are now available at budget price.

Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone Magazine
These are persuasive accounts of pieces which are notoriously difficult to carry off successfully in performance. Herreweghe is, above all, a choral conductor and he knows how to discipline a choir. The results here are often impressive with crystal-clear textures and predominantly fine ensemble and intonation. These virtues often result in splendidly resonant sonorities and sumptuously rich harmonic effects. ... It is certainly an issue which I shall want to listen to many times over and it can be enthusiastically recommended. Excellent sound and presentation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Minderbrooderskerk, Gand (11/15/1985-11/21/1985).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale
  • Notes: Minderbrooderskerk, Gand (11/15/1985-11/21/1985)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 10/20/1729

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale
  • Notes: Minderbrooderskerk, Gand (11/15/1985-11/21/1985)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: after 1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
  • Performers: Howard Crook; Vincent Darras (Countertenor); Greta de Reyghère (Soprano); Peter Kooij; Agnès Mellon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale
  • Notes: Minderbrooderskerk, Gand (11/15/1985-11/21/1985)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1735

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale
  • Notes: Minderbrooderskerk, Gand (11/15/1985-11/21/1985)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1731-1732

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale
  • Notes: Minderbrooderskerk, Gand (11/15/1985-11/21/1985)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale
  • Notes: Minderbrooderskerk, Gand (11/15/1985-11/21/1985)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1726-1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale
  • Notes: Minderbrooderskerk, Gand (11/15/1985-11/21/1985)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1736-1737