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Bach: Les Six Motets

Bach,J.s. / Ensemble Vocal Jean Sourisse
Release Date: 01/10/2011 
Label:  Syrius   Catalog #: 141449   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Francoise CharruyerFrançoise EnockFrançois Saint-Yves
Conductor:  Jean Sourisse
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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BACH Motets (6) Jean Sourisse, cond; Jean Sourisse Vocal Ens; François Saint-Yves (org); et al. (period instruments) SYRIUS SYR 141449 (65:31 Text and Translation)


Here’s yet another Bach motet collection from an unexpected source. Jean Sourisse is hardly a household name on this side of the Atlantic, but he is well regarded in his native France. An organist turned choirmaster, he founded the Audite Nova de Paris Vocal Ensemble in 1968 and with it produced a modest but Read more impressive discography for the now lamented Erato label. (I found their Four Motets on Gregorian Themes on Michel Corboz’s CD of Duruflé’s Requiem.) The Jean Sourisse Vocal Ensemble was established in 1989 and has since performed a broad repertory (including the Duruflé Requiem) to general acclaim. So I have no reason to be surprised by the success of this disc


This new disc opens boldly with a vital reading of Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied , and Sourisse and his 36 splendid choristers barely miss a step for the remainder of the disc. Sourisse acknowledges the current understanding that Bach probably supported his singers with colle parte instruments, but he has chosen to use only an organ and a continuo group consisting of a cello, a violone (bass), and a bassoon. Four of the six motets are scored for double choruses, and the separation of the choirs is effectively conveyed in the recording, with the cello underpinning one choir, the bassoon the second choir, and the organ and violone supporting the ensemble. The choral sound is rich and full, but sung with such precision that the independence of the individual lines is never compromised. Sourisse’s direction is exemplary as well, conveying the solemnity of the message while maintaining the music’s sublime energy. Quite frankly, I am unable to find anything not to like about this disc, except, perhaps, the typography of the accompanying booklet.


This list of Bach motet recordings is becoming perilously top-heavy, a condition to which Sourisse has made this excellent contribution. You wouldn’t want it any other way, would you?


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Works on This Recording

1. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Francoise Charruyer (Bassoon), Françoise Enock (Violin), François Saint-Yves (Organ)
Conductor:  Jean Sourisse
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Institution Sainte-Marie d 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2. Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Françoise Enock (Violin), François Saint-Yves (Organ), Francoise Charruyer (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Jean Sourisse
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Institution Sainte-Marie d 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  François Saint-Yves (Organ), Françoise Enock (Violin), Francoise Charruyer (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Jean Sourisse
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Institution Sainte-Marie d 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4. Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  François Saint-Yves (Organ), Françoise Enock (Violin), Francoise Charruyer (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Jean Sourisse
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Institution Sainte-Marie d 
Length: 19 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5. Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Françoise Enock (Violin), François Saint-Yves (Organ), Francoise Charruyer (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Jean Sourisse
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Institution Sainte-Marie d 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6. Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Francoise Charruyer (Bassoon), Françoise Enock (Violin), François Saint-Yves (Organ)
Conductor:  Jean Sourisse
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1723-1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Institution Sainte-Marie d 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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