J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings


Main Performer
or Conductor:
John Eliot Gardiner
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Monteverdi Choir & The Enlish Baroque Soloists
Individual Works:Komm, Jesu, komm, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 229
Cantata No. 118, "O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht," BWV 118
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 226
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 230
Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 231
Der Gerechte kömmt um, motet for chorus & orchestra, BWV deest
Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 228
Jesu, meine Freude, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 227
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 225
Cantata No. 50, "Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft," BWV 50
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Erato
Catalog Number:2292-45979-2
Year Released/Recorded:1981
Comments:Guilherme Furtado Filho
From "The New Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and Cassettes", Edward Greenfield, Robert Layton and Ivan March:
John Eliot Gardiner's set of Bach's great motets, recorded for Erato in 1981, was one of his first major Bach recordings with the Monteverdi Choir. As well as bringing exceptionally strong and stylish performances, spacious conceived with crisp, clean, resilient rhythms, the set has the attendant advantage of including not just the six motets regularly recognized in the Bach Gesellschaft edition but the motet-like works that have been counted as cantatas. The CD set additionally adds a rarity, Sei Lob und Preis mitEhren, BWV 231. It makes a superb collection in such performances, beautifully recorded in a helpfull church acoustic.

Eric Stoddard:

I agree with everything stated in the Penguin guide but wish to add a comment about the Cantata BWV 118. In all my time of listening to Bach, I had never run across BWV 118. It is a gorgeous piece of music, and Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir really do it justice. Gardiner has been accused of being overly methodical and soul-less. He disproves that dubious charge with this recording. The entire CD set is beautiful, but this cantata is simply sublime. All the motets are done with clarity and style. I highly recommend this recording.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Guilherme Furtado Filho
  • Richard Rasch
  • Eric Stoddard
Date First Submitted:08/23/1997