John Eliot Gardiner – Bach: Motets (2012) {HD Tracks / MP3}


Title: Bach: Motets
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: SDG
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC {Tracks, 24bit/96kHz}/MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 01:12:17 min
Total Size: 722 mb/168 mb

John Eliot Gardiner literally has a lifetime of intimate familiarity with J.S. Bach's six motets without independent instrumental accompaniment; he reports that as a boy chorister of 11 or 12 he knew the treble lines to all of them. That familiarity is evident in these exceptionally insightful and exceptionally well-sung performances with the Monteverdi Choir. The group lives up to its reputation as being in the very highest echelon of choirs worldwide, singing these especially treacherous works with almost superhuman precision, immaculate tone and balance, and infectious, unguarded passion. The singers handle Bach's exquisitely interwoven counterpoint with apparent ease even at the outrageously fast but emotionally appropriate tempos that Gardiner takes. He avoids the academic rigidity that can easily prevail in performances of counterpoint this intricate by always maintaining a dancing sense of lightness and buoyancy. The performances are also characterized by a warm intimacy. That's due at least in part the choir's remarkable control of dynamics; at its quietest moments the music comes across as an almost hushed whisper. That, in combination with the stellar engineering, creates the impression that the listener is being treated to a private performance by singers nearly close enough to reach out and touch. At the same time there is no sense of crowding and the performers have plenty of room for their singing to ring out brilliantly. Gardiner deploys a small continuo group colorfully but discreetly, offering an ideally balanced underpinning for the choir. Listeners who want to hear these small masterpieces need look no further than these exemplary and thoroughly engaging performances. Highly recommended.

John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Motets (2012) {HD Tracks / MP3}
1. Lobet den Herrn BWV 230
2. Komm, Jesu, komm BWV 229
3. Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf BWV 226
4. Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227
5. Es ist nun nichs Verdammliches
6. Unter deinem Schirmen
7. Denn das Gesetz des Geistes
8. Trotz dem alten Drachen
9. Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich
10. Weg mit allen Schatzen
11. So aber Christus in euch ist
12. Gute nacht, O Wesen
13. So nun der Geist des
14. Weicht, ihr Trauergester
15. Furchte dich nicht BWV 228
16. Singet dem Herrn BWV 225
17. Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet
18. Lobet den Herrn in seinen taten
19. Ich lasse dich nicht BWV Anh. 159