Yet another new recording of Bach's Motets. For years, these pieces, perhaps with the exception of Jesu, Meine Freude, were much less well known than Bach's passions, Mass In B Minor, and the major cantatas and instrumental works, but lately new recordings have been appearing regularly, and lucky we are to have them, because these are among the composer's greatest works.
J. S. BACH: The Six Motets. The Monteverdi Choir conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. Archive CD or download.
John Eliot Gardiner, who offers his second set of recorded performances here, sees them as "the most perfect, and in some ways the most hypnotic, set amongst his works" _ this from an artist who has performed and recorded both of the surviving passions, the B-minor mass, and most of the cantatas.
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