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Verbum caro factum est: A Christmas Greeting / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 11/02/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2291  
Composer:  TraditionalLouis-Claude DaquinJohann Sebastian BachFranz Xaver Gruber,   ... 
Performer:  Aki MatsuiMasato SuzukiHiroya AokiToru Kaku
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki have sung of the wonders of Christmas a number of times, in Bach’s cantatas and Christmas Oratorio as well as in Handel’s Messiah. Here, instead, we hear the choir a cappella in a selection of classic Christmas carols. Masato Suzuki, son of the ensemble’s founder and director, has selected some of the best-loved songs of Christmas, such as Adeste fideles and Silent Night, as well as less familiar hymns, arranging them especially for these singers. A consummate organist, he also performs a number of Louis-Claude Daquin’s noëls variés – keyboard variations on Christmas songs which became a highly popular genre in 18th-century France. Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki have sung of the wonders of Christmas a number of times, in Bach’s cantatas and Christmas Oratorio as well as in Handel’s Messiah. Here, instead, we hear the choir a cappella in a selection of classic Christmas carols. Masato Suzuki, son of the ensemble’s founder and director, has selected some of the best-loved songs of Christmas, such as Adeste fideles and Silent Night, as well as less familiar hymns, arranging them especially for these singers. A consummate organist, he also performs a number of Louis-Claude Daquin’s noëls variés – keyboard variations on Christmas songs which became a highly popular genre in 18th-century France. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Verbum caro by Traditional
Performer:  Aki Matsui (Soprano)
Written: medieval 
2.
Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: No. 1, Noël sur les jeux d'Anches sans tremblant by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
3.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence by Traditional
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
4.
Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: no 2, Noël en Dialogue, Duo, Trio, sur le Cornet de Récit... by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
5.
Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier, BWV 469 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: no 3, Noël en musette, en dialogue, et en duo by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
7.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
8.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
9.
The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Written: England 
10.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
11.
Adeste fideles "O come, all ye faithful" by John Francis Wade
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; England 
12.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
13.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Romantic 
14.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
15.
Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: no 6, Noël sur les jeux d'anches, Adam fut un pauvre homme by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; France 
16.
Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: no 7, Noël en Trio et en Dialogue, le Cornet de Récit... by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
17.
O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Halle, Germany 
18.
Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: no 10, Noël grand-jeu et duo, Quand Dieu naquit à Noël by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; France 
19.
Veni, veni, Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Romantic 
20.
Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: no 12, Noël suisse, o Dieux de clémence by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; France 
21.
Trent Codices: Verbum caro factum est by Anonymous
Performer:  Hiroya Aoki (Countertenor), Aki Matsui (Soprano), Toru Kaku (Bass)

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