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

Release Date: 11/2/2018
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2291
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.

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REVIEW:

The performances are typically classy, and punctuated by a selection of Daquin’s ‘Noels’ for solo organ, played with peppery registrations by Suzuki.

– BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
1. Verbum caro by Traditional
Performer: Aki Matsui (Soprano)
Written: medieval ;
1. 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
2. Let all mortal flesh keep silence by Traditional
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
2. 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
3. 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
3. 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
4. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Classical
Written: 1818 ; Austria
4. 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
5. In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Medieval
Written: 12th Century ; Germany
5. Trent Codices: Verbum caro factum est by Anonymous
Performer: Aki Matsui (Soprano), Hiroya Aoki (Countertenor)
6. The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
7. Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Germany
8. 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
9. Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Performer: Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
Period: 20th Century
10. It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer: Masato Suzuki (Organ)
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Romantic
11. 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
12. 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
13. O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1650 ; Halle, Germany
14. 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
15. Veni, veni, Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Romantic
16. 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
17. 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
18. Veni, veni, Emmanuel by Traditional
Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Romantic
19. 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
20. Trent Codices: Verbum caro factum est by Anonymous
Performer: Aki Matsui (Soprano), Hiroya Aoki (Countertenor)
21. Verbum caro by Traditional
Performer: Aki Matsui (Soprano)
Written: medieval ;
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