This 2-CD recording features the complete motets by Johann Sebastian Bach, set in the context of music which inspired him by his father’s cousin, Johann Christoph Bach.
★★★★★ – “breathtaking” Choir & Organ
Next shipping date: 18 October 2023
"This release is a major achievement, and one of the best-sounding choral discs I’ve heard" - The Arts Desk
This 2-CD recording features the complete motets by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), set in the context of music from the previous generation of his family which inspired him. In his final decade, JS Bach researched and performed motets by his father’s cousin, Johann Christoph (1642-1703), whom he greatly admired. Although Johann Sebastian took the motet genre (and presumably his singers) to the limits of possibility, one can also hear the strong influence of the family tradition.
This is the first of a series of location-specific Solomon’s Knot recording projects. We chose Arnstadt's inspirational Bachkirche for these works, not only for its wonderful acoustic, but also as a place which connects the two Bachs: Johann Christoph was born in Arnstadt, and Johann Sebastian's first job as an organist was at the church, which came to be named after him.
"Joyous and uplifting in spirit as well as musically superb...The results are breathtaking...A recording to be heard by everyone fascinated by this endlessly engaging music." ★★★★★ - Choir & Organ
"This release is a major achievement, and one of the best-sounding choral discs I’ve heard. I’d not heard these [J.C. Bach] works before, and I can’t imagine them being better served on disc." - The Arts Desk
"Solomon's Knot does everything right with voices that mix wonderfully both as an ensemble and as soloists." - Klassik Heute
"Magical! Solomon’s Knot are to be congratulated on their refreshing advocacy. A highly rewarding venture." - Gramophone
"This double album, recorded by UK-based baroque ensemble Solomon's Knot, demonstrates its innermost essence like never before." - Klassisk Musikk
"Recorded sound is clear with ideal resonance" ★★★★ - BBC Music Magazine
|Dimensions||12.5 × 14 × 1.5 cm|