J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Six Motets

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wilhelm Ehmann
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Westminster Choir, Chamber Orch., and Ogan
Individual Works:Singet Dem Herrn, Ein neues Lied, BWV 225
Der Geist Hilft unsrer Schwachheit Auf, BWV 226
Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227
Furchte Dich Nicht, BWV 228
Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229
Lobet Denn Herrn, Alle Heiden, BWV 230
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Gothic
Catalog Number:G-49052
Comments:John Triplett said:

I was frankly surprised that this album had not yet been reviewed here, so I had to say something about it. I have heard several of the recordings listed here and can say that this is still the best of them all. The interpretation of the music, especially the dynamics and tempos, couldn't be better. On "Singet Dem Herrn", The third section is taken slightly slower than many other performances, and it is a wonderful improvement. It really brings out all the moving parts and harmonies, which are perfectly balanced. The sound quality is amazing. There is a slight reverb behind the forty member choir which enhances and warms the already bright, clean execution of such a large choir. In some of the double choir pieces, the second choir is reduced to a quartet, which is an excellent effect. This performance is similar to the Hanssler/Rilling edition, but still so unique as to merit a purchase (high end). The only catch is that it has been recently discontinued and is therefore difficult to find--I had to look for a while to get it (I had it on cassette first, so I already knew what I was looking for), but it is definitely worth the trouble. This is a truly excellent performance, and will help you wear out the |<< button on your player. Highly recommend.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • John Triplett
Date First Submitted:06/23/2002