J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings


Main Performer
or Conductor:
Hanns-Martin Schneidt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Monteverdi Choir & The Enlish Baroque Soloists
Soloists:Regensburger Domspatzen
Individual Works:Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied, BWV 225
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit, BWV 226
Jesu meine Freude, BWV 227
Der Gerechte kommt um Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228
Komm, Jesu komm, BWV 229
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:427 117-2
Year Released/Recorded:1974
Total Playing Time:66'04
Comments:Ellen Secknus said:

The clear and strong boys' voices, sensitively accompanied by authentic instruments, give a singular character and open new doors to these great sacred works of Bach.

Richard J. Boyer said:

Although known as 'sacred' works, the Motets go way beyond that for me. They are, in fact, in a class by themselves and, as far as I'm concerned, defy categorization. For openers, on this extraordinary recording, the reverberation in the church is just right(so important). The perfect pitch of the voices(to my ear) combined with the powerful and moving phrasing makes for an overall stunning performance. The music flows in incrediby fluid waves and swells of harmony and counterpoint. At the end of certain sections, they hold the final chord just a 'little longer' for beautiful emphasis - the effect of which is phenominal. One of the best recordings of the Motets that I have heard. When I first listened to it, I got goosebumps, and still do.

Carlos Páramo said:

Someone should do historical justice to Hanns-Martin Schneidt, whose recordings made real landmarks in Bach performance during the early 70's, but was shaded by the likes of (the not-always more succesful) Harnoncourt and Leonhardt. His rendering of the Motets, while not as accute or generally in tune as most of later-day performances, has some very moving moments and it is always interesting, enlightening, and even refreshing to hear them every once in a while sung with such conviction and profoundity by a big children's choir -such as Bach might hace conducted in St. Thomas.
But are there in the market other Bach recordings by Schneidt? ...He once recorded a complete performance os St. John's Passion, with alternative arias and choruses included. Since his splendid Monteverdi Vespers were re-issued a decade ago (a recording that even today strikes high in the mark), why not give the St. John's a chance?

P.S.: Mark that the other review of this recording in this site has wrongly attributed the instrumental accompaniment to the English Baroque Soloists. In fact, it is the late Capella Academica Wien led by Edward Melkus -another unsung hero with whom History was not more generous.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ellen Secknus
  • Richard J. Boyer
  • Carlos Páramo
Date First Submitted:04/27/1997