6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2008
I am very happy with this recording of the Bach Motets. Peter Dijstra and the Nederlands Chamber Choir do a wonderful job of interpreting and performing this perfect music to perfection. I bought this CD because I am writing a paper about the motet "Jesu Meine Freude". In the listening and studying, I have discovered that the Choir takes into account every nuance of text and music. When a line repeats, they find a way to nuance the repeat so it is even more beautiful the second time. To aid their expression of the text, they choose moderate tempos and have only light continuo accompaniment, so that the motets sound like what they are, choral pieces, rather than like some busy Baroque concerto. Always the music enhances and exposits the words, and always the words are a medium for the music, just as J. S. Bach intended. And the recording quality is so good that the consummate musicianship always shines through.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2013
Forgive me, but I am not very happy with this CD. I just played it on the way to work and the first thing I felt when I heard the first phrase was that it was recorded in a cave or echo chamber. Regardless of where it was recorded, it sounds very hollow with too much reverb. This makes it difficult to hear all of the moving parts. By the time I got to the second track, I was bored and turned it off. I'll be looking for something that will work for me better than this. I think it would make fine background litergical music so I'll keep it around for that, but as far as for my listening enjoyment - that's not going to happen.