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Schütz: Geistliche Chormusik / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 02/18/1997 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 831/2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The fifth complete recording of this magnificent collection of motets is astonishing. The first three sets were first issued on LP, and the two that I have each ran just two hours. Although this runs almost 20 minutes less, allowing for a sizable filler, there is no feeling that the singing is rushed, nor does the diction of the nonnatives sound strange. If Suzuki's series of Bach cantatas reflects this level of accomplishment, it would demand serious comparison with several other sets available or in progress.

One of the most stunning aspects of this program is the presence of an incredible countertenor—evidently a real countertenor/tenor, not an alto/baritone. Yoshikazu Mera is 26 and about four and a half feet tall, but he
Read more sings like an angel. Since the motets are ensemble works, you have to wait until Auf dem Gebirge comes along near the end to hear him in duet with another countertenor (alto, it says here, incorrectly for Mera at least). His two solos in Die sieben Worte display his voice to even better effect, if "display" correctly describes such a modest, self-effacing talent."

BMG seems not to have issued Heinz Hennig's complete set in this country, so the only other available set of the motets on CD is Rudolf Mauersberger's (Fanfare 17:6). No need to issue Hennig's now, while the other offers a clear contrast of performance style with the new set—large chorus of men and boys versus mixed vocal ensemble. Highly recommended.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Language: German 
2.
Die sieben Worte unsers lieben Erlösers, SWV 478 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11, SWV 369-397: Auf dem Gebirge hat ein Geschrei gehort, SWV 396

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