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Bach: Motets / Abraham, Bach Sinfonia

Bach,J.s. / Bach Sinfonia / Abrahams
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92119   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH 7 Motets Daniel Abraham (cond); Bach Sinfonia (period instruments) DORIAN DSL-92119 (76:20 Text and Translation)


Under its dynamic music director, Daniel Abraham, the Washington-based Bach Sinfonia has brought to light many works that may not have been heard for two centuries or more, but the motets are among Bach’s most frequently recorded music. It’s a proper challenge, met with distinction. The detailed notes and certain choices he has made indicate that Abraham is a Read more serious scholar as well as a talented musician. He has included both Ich lasse dich nicht and Lobet den Herrn, one because its authenticity has been confirmed to his satisfaction and the other because doubts of its authenticity have not. In an appendix he has recorded the chorale usually sung at the end of Der Geist hilft because he does not believe that it was Bach’s intention, and a second verse of the central chorale of Singet dem Herrn that is indicated in the manuscript but rarely, if ever, sung. And, of course, he made the crucial decision to sing the entire program with a small chorus, composed of five concertists and 11 ripienists, discreetly backed by an instrumental component limited to four strings, four winds, and continuo (violone and positive organ).


Abraham’s performances are finely detailed, blissfully free of eccentricities, and sung beautifully and confidently by the Sinfonia’s vocal arm, Sinfonia Voci. I’ll add this disc to a growing list of worthy motet recordings that includes Erickson and Holten, Hemetsberger (with a monster choir), Junghanel and Kooij (with minimal forces), as well as old favorites Marlow, Kuijken, and Herreweghe.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Singet Dem Hern, BWV 225 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
5.
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV Anh. 159 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
7.
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1723-1729; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226: Du heilige Brunst, süsser Trost by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225: Die Gottesgnad alleine by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Daniel Abraham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Sinfonia

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