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What perfection ... if you’re looking for joyous, sunny motets you’ll certainly find them in Trinity Baroque’s recording

Diapason (France)

Lively in tempo and phrasing, yet heartfelt and touching

Bavarian radio

Bach’s motets are a celebration of ensemble singing, for performer and listener alike: the musical excitement, the invention, the range of expression, the poignancy, the sheer fun of concertato singing. Here they are presented one voice to a part and in a Lutheran context with chorales and organ preludes, both pillars of Bach’s musical inheritance.

Recording these motets has been a longstanding ambition for Trinity Baroque, one of the UK’s most accomplished and exciting early music ensembles. Julian Podger says of the project:

‘It was a thrill to record this music in the heart of Saxony, the area of Germany in which Bach lived and worked throughout his life. We recorded at night in the atmospheric Wenzelskirche, in the beautifully restored historic town of Naumburg, using the magnificent, recently restored Hildebrandt organ which Bach is known to have played. During the project we stayed close by in the mediaeval Schloss Goseck, working on one motet in depth each day, and then recording it in the church the same night. The experience was magical.’

This recording features a group of British and German musicians who have grown up in varied musical traditions but are united by a passion for this music and a commitment to outstanding ensemble music-making. The collaboration with German record label Raumklang came about when Julian Podger met Sebastian Pank (director of Raumklang) and discovered they shared the vision of recording these intricate works with the dynamism and clarity that one-to-a-part forces allow.

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