Taken together these motets and quasi-motets form one of the peaks of Bach's art as a composer of choral music. Compressed and complex, they make enormous demands on performers, requiring exceptional virtuosity, stamina and sensitivity to abrupt changes of mood and texture. Bach's characteristically skilful use of fugue, canon and counterpoint makes this music endlessly fascinating, but most of all these are works of emotional power, revealing Bach's compassionate nature, the dancing joy he takes in praising God, and his total certainty as he contemplates death. John Eliot Gardiner's extraordinary technical and interpretative skills ensure recognition of the motets and cantatas as some of the best of Bach. A key figure in today's musical landscape, John Eliot Gardiner has established a number of ensembles - both instrumental and vocal - that he directs in a wide-ranging repertoire. Baroque music, with which he first made his name, remains very important to him, particularly the works of Johann Sebastian Bach; he has even published a major biographical study of the composer, Music in the Castle of Heaven.
Taken together these motets and quasi-motets form one of the peaks of Bach's art as a composer of choral music. Compressed and complex, they make enormous demands on performers, requiring exceptional virtuosity, stamina and sensitivity to abrupt changes of mood and texture. Bach's characteristically skilful use of fugue, canon and counterpoint makes this music endlessly fascinating, but most of all these are works of emotional power, revealing Bach's compassionate nature, the dancing joy he takes in praising God, and his total certainty as he contemplates death. John Eliot Gardiner's extraordinary technical and interpretative skills ensure recognition of the motets and cantatas as some of the best of Bach. A key figure in today's musical landscape, John Eliot Gardiner has established a number of ensembles - both instrumental and vocal - that he directs in a wide-ranging repertoire. Baroque music, with which he first made his name, remains very important to him, particularly the works of Johann Sebastian Bach; he has even published a major biographical study of the composer, Music in the Castle of Heaven.
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Format: CD
Label: ERATO
Rel. Date: 09/18/2020
UPC: 190295543051

Bach: Motets Bwv 225-231 Cantatas Bwv 50 & 118
Artist: John Gardiner Eliot
Format: CD
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DISC: 1

1. CD1- Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
2. O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht, BWV 118
3. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
4. Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
5. Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren, BWV 231
6. Der Gerechte kommt um
7. F├╝rchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
8. CD2- Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
9. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 1
10. Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft, BWV 50 11.

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Taken together these motets and quasi-motets form one of the peaks of Bach's art as a composer of choral music. Compressed and complex, they make enormous demands on performers, requiring exceptional virtuosity, stamina and sensitivity to abrupt changes of mood and texture. Bach's characteristically skilful use of fugue, canon and counterpoint makes this music endlessly fascinating, but most of all these are works of emotional power, revealing Bach's compassionate nature, the dancing joy he takes in praising God, and his total certainty as he contemplates death. John Eliot Gardiner's extraordinary technical and interpretative skills ensure recognition of the motets and cantatas as some of the best of Bach. A key figure in today's musical landscape, John Eliot Gardiner has established a number of ensembles - both instrumental and vocal - that he directs in a wide-ranging repertoire. Baroque music, with which he first made his name, remains very important to him, particularly the works of Johann Sebastian Bach; he has even published a major biographical study of the composer, Music in the Castle of Heaven.