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Bach: Motets / Matt, Chamber Choir Of Europe

Bach / Chamber Choir Of Europe / Matt
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94045  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of EuropeEuropean Chamber Soloists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH 6 Motets Nicol Matt (cond); CCh of Europe; European C Soloists (period instruments) BRILLIANT 94045 (68:24 Text, no Translations)


Here is a relative rarity among Bach motet discs—the six (and only six) canonical items, BWV 225 to 230, presented in catalog order. Is this is a sign of orthodoxy or of independent thinking? There’s no intrinsic reason to do them this way, since the published sequence was randomly determined, one of the six (BWV 230) may be of doubtful origin, Read more and at least one or two other works are thought by some to belong to this select group. On the other hand, there’s no compelling reason not to present them this way. What is not at issue is the quality of the performances. The Chamber Choir of Europe, formerly the Nordic Chamber Choir, is a small (22 voices), mixed chorus with an international roster of highly skilled young singers. They sing with a gratifying unity of purpose and produce a gloriously rich choral sound, which, under conductor Nicol Matt’s thoughtful leadership, and combined with the prominent but welcome colle parte accompaniment by the European Chamber Soloists, makes listening to this disc a most satisfying experience. We’ve had quite a run of excellent motet collections in the recent past: Erickson, Holten, Hemetsberger, Junghanel, and Kooij have all enhanced the catalog. Now add Matt to the list.


Incidentally, Brilliant’s booklet identifies the cantata BWV 118 as a motet, and there is enough unused space on the disc to have included it on the program. Too bad, but the disc is a winner anyway.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Singet Dem Hern, BWV 225 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  European Chamber Soloists
2.
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1723-1729; Leipzig, Germany 

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