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    Default motets of J. S. Bach

    My sense is that these aren't quite as popular as they used to be, particularly BWV 227, Jesu, meine Freude. That seems to have been one of his "greatest hits" a generation or two ago, but now it's been beaten by over 1700 different works on our "classical music project." Perhaps I'm overestimating how popular it used to be.

    Anyway, any fans of the motets here? Which are your favorites? And which recordings? Recommend away!
    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

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    Herreweghe's version is quite excellent. I've heard Bach's motets described as more 'impressionistic' than his more popular stuff, and I kind of agree.

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    Favorite version:

    John Eliot Gardiner / Monteverdi Choir (SDG, 2012)


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    Personally, I love the motets. I'm not the only one; apparently Mozart was bowled over hearing Singet Dem Herm.

    I think Der Geist hilft under Schwacheit auf gets the edge for me; in a time of personal crisis, it helped pull me out mentally.
    Though I think O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht is very peaceful and nice funeral music.

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    I enjoy the motets very much. They can be overwhelming (not in a negative sense) but beautiful at the same time

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    My favorite version is Andrew Parrott with the Taverner Choir.

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    I hope I can be forgiven for bumping this thread. I just want to see if anyone else has anything to add. This is important to me!
    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

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    The motets! It has been too long. Now enjoying this one over spotify.
    Heather W. Reichgott, piano
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traverso View Post
    oeps post deleted.
    I was just going to say, did search in the composers guest book threads ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Personally, I love the motets. I'm not the only one; apparently Mozart was bowled over hearing Singet Dem Herm.

    I think Der Geist hilft under Schwacheit auf gets the edge for me; in a time of personal crisis, it helped pull me out mentally.
    Though I think O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht is very peaceful and nice funeral music.
    It's been a while since you posted this but I hope things continue to go well for you. "Der Geist hilft" is my favourite too. I'd love to sing it in a choir one day.

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    There is a website that has several translated but I don't see an index page, just get to them via a google search:

    http://www.emmanuelmusic.org/notes_t...a/t_bwv227.htm
    http://www.emmanuelmusic.org/notes_t...s/t_bwv229.htm

    you could change the number at the end to get to more of them.

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    Listen to this please,I like it more than all the top choirs of the world.






    I touches me in a way that I not experience in the recordings of Suzuku,Parrott,well you name it.
    Sometimes it is out of tune and there is a lack of technical skill,but if you can listen through all the shortcomings than you hear the most exciting singing of these marvelous motets.
    It is realy a pity if these boyschoirs disappear in time.

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    Of course!
    I really enjoy Musica Amphion & Gesualdo Consort's "Bach in Context" series, which assembles liturgically related Cantatas and motets, along with some relevant organ works, and presents them, well, in context.
    The playing and singing is stellar; so is recording quality.
    But as primarily an organ nerd, the main attraction is in the organs used.
    I do really appreciate that the accompaniment is on the grand organ, and quite nice historical organs as well (e.g. The Schnitger organ in Groningen, the Muller in Amsterdam Wassalekerk, a few Silbermanns, or even the Wender in the Arnstadt "Bachkirche."). You just can't match conventional Basso Continuo with a klop chamber organ and a few cellos/violones with the figured bass with the full pedal, or even just a few stops, of such organs.


    Otherwise, Suzuki and Herreweghe are capital choices too!
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    Thank you for your reply,did you have read the artical? ( the link) Of course are the recordings of Suzuki and Herreweghe great.Herreweghe did it twice.Parrott is stil one of my favorites but I cant help it,listening to this boys choir the music has a greater inpact and goes under my skin.In a few days I can listen again to this choir ,an older Philips recording and a cd a live recording wich you have to order by the choir itself.I remember that I was listening to the philips recording and it had such an inpact that I was shivering.The motet "Jesu meine freude"is one of the deepest,profound musical experience of my life.

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