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Bach: The Motets


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Bach's motets are surrounded by much uncertainty. To begin with, we do not know how many he actually composed, as some have been lost while others have been wrongly attributed to him. Although several of the motets were written for funerals, it is also uncertain if they were actually performed during church services: as a genre, the motet was established as early as the 13th century and by Bach's time it was considered to be old-fashioned and backward-looking. Even so, the motets are the only vocal works by Bach that have an unbroken performance tradition until the present time, which may serve as testimony to the powerful response that they induce in listeners and performers alike. They were originally believed to have been composed for choir a cappella, but it is now thought that Bach himself may have performed them either a cappella or with instruments doubling the vocal parts and with basso continuo. For this recording, Grete Pedersen has opted for variety, performing four of the works with the support of the instrumentalists of Ensemble Allegria, and the remaining three with organ continuo. As on their previous, highly acclaimed releases on BIS, the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir shine in what surely is the absolute core repertoire for mixed choir.
Facts
Item number BIS-2251
Barcode 7318599922515
Release date 1/5/2018
Category Choral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir The Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Conductor Pedersen, Grete
Ensemble Ensemble Allegria
Disc: 1
Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 22900:09:00
1 Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229: I. Komm, Jesu, komm 00:06:50 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
2 Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229: II. Drum schließ ich mi 00:01:21 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 22800:08:25
3 Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228 00:07:57 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 22600:07:21
4 Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 226: I 00:03:18 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
5 Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 226: I 00:02:10 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
6 Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 226: I 00:01:40 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 22700:20:00
7 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: I. Jesu, meine Freude 00:01:11 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
8 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: II. Es ist nun nichts 00:02:32 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
9 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: III. Unter deinen Sch 00:01:09 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
10 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: IV. Denn das Gesetz d 00:00:55 Solset, Berit Norbakken Pedersen, Grete Bræin, Ditte Marie Ensemble Allegria Carlsson, Daniel
11 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: V. Trotz dem alten Dr 00:02:17 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
12 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: VI. Ihr aber seid nic 00:02:34 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
13 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: VII. Weg mit allen Sc 00:01:06 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
14 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: VIII. So aber Christu 00:02:07 Pedersen, Grete Melien, Harvor F. Ensemble Allegria Carlsson, Daniel Lawrence, Tim
15 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: IX. Gute Nacht, o Wes 00:03:56 Solset, Berit Norbakken Pedersen, Grete Tsuji, Masashi Melien, Harvor F. Bræin, Ditte Marie Ensemble Allegria Korsvik, Magnhild Lawrence, Tim
16 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: X. So nun der Geist 00:01:20 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
17 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227: XI. Weicht, ihr Traue 00:01:16 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 23000:06:19
18 Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 00:05:39 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV 11800:09:00
19 O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV 118 00:04:45 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 (Live)00:13:00
20 Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225: I. Singe 00:04:18 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
21 Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225: II. Wie 00:04:11 Pedersen, Grete Tsuji, Masashi Bræin, Ditte Marie Ensemble Allegria Askvik, Mari Holmgren, Olle Korsvik, Magnhild
22 Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225: III. Lob 00:03:14 The Norwegian Soloists' Choir Pedersen, Grete Ensemble Allegria
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