Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets

Recording Title: Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets
Artist or Ensemble: Bach Sinfonia
Recording Label: Dorian Sono Luminus
I’m Playing: Violone
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets
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Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226
Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229
Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV Anhang 159
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

Critics’ reflect on Sinfonia’s live performances of Bach’s Motets in May 2010:

“One does not take on the Bach motets (seven of them at latest count) lightly . . . . a triumphant performance. . . . . Sinfonia’s splendid gifts were best wrapped up in a dynamite reading of ‘Singet dem Herrn’ with its relentless series of fugues that rolled out magnificently and with exuberant conviction.”

—The Washington Post

“Some people make art more freely and spontaneously when they’ve considered each and every possibility of how to make the art before finally setting on their path. On the evidence of many Bach Sinfonia concerts, but particularly Saturday’s performance of the complete motets of Johann Sebastian Bach at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center, the Sinfonia’s music and artistic director Daniel Abraham is one of those people. Here, careful consideration of all the questions about and facets of those works led directly to some really astonishing performances . . . . at times I lost track of the fact that the music was being performed, because the Bach Sinfonia and Voci laid it out with such effortless joy. Instead, the music seemed to be hanging in the hall for me to glide through and explore. (A rare effect for a performance to have on a critic, to be sure.)”

—DMV Classical

View Daniel Abraham’s discussions on performing early music, about recording the Bach’s motets, and see excerpts from our recording sessions in a series of recently recorded videos:

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