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Bach: Motets / Hilliard Ensemble

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, motet for double chorus, BWV 228 (BC C4)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 159, "Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem" BWV 159
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Notes & Reviews:

"Words are an essential element in the Hilliard's approach, and the articulation in these recordings is accurate almost to a fault. The words drive the rhythm and line, just the way Bach wrote for them. Those of you who know and love the Hilliard 'sound' will probably already be making a bee-line for the nearest outlet, and with ECM's usual beautiful recording, made in the now familiar acoustic of the beautifully situated Propstei St. Gerold in Austria you know it makes sense. The addition of female soprano voices widens the range of the ensemble, and means that the overall sound is less dependent on the countertenor voice, which is a characteristic of Hilliard that has divided opinions in the past." -MusicWeb

BBC Music Magazine
The case for one-to-a-part Bach is well established nowadays. It works particularly well for the rich textures of the right-part motets, and the expanded Hilliard Ensemble sings them superbly. And, as one may expect from the Hilliard Ensemble, the intonation here is exemplary throughout.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1)
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); David Gould; Steven Harrold (Tenor); David James (Voice); Gordon Jones; Joanne Lunn (Soprano); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1726-1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); David Gould; Steven Harrold (Tenor); David James (Voice); Gordon Jones; Joanne Lunn (Soprano); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 10/20/1729

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); David James (Voice); Gordon Jones; Joanne Lunn (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1735

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, motet for double chorus, BWV 228 (BC C4)
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); David Gould; Steven Harrold (Tenor); David James (Voice); Gordon Jones; Joanne Lunn (Soprano); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: after 1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); David Gould; Steven Harrold (Tenor); David James (Voice); Gordon Jones; Joanne Lunn (Soprano); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1731-1732

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Organ); Steven Harrold (Tenor); David James (Voice); Gordon Jones; Joanne Lunn (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 159, "Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem" BWV 159
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); David Gould; Steven Harrold (Tenor); David James (Voice); Gordon Jones; Joanne Lunn (Soprano); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 08/1713