Masaaki Suzuki has selected cantata arias, organ chorales and sinfonias... in a sensitive programme that ranges from the fearful to the ecstatic, all aimed at bringing comfort and strength to the bereaved, culminating in a peerlessly sung performance of the motet Komm, Jesu, Komm - that great universal statement of love and compassion. --Stephen Pritchard, The Observer
This compilation has been produced by Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki as part of their ongoing work to support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami off the Pacific coast of Japan in March 2011.
This selection comprises arias from Bach Collgium Japan’s ongoing cycle of the complete church cantatas, as well as instrumental movements, the motet Komm, Jesu, komm, and three organ chorales recorded by Masaaki Suzuki especially for this release.
The disc is being sold for the benefit of ‘TOHOKU HELP’, a local relief effort organized by the Sendai Christian Alliance, with the performers donating their royalties and BIS Records contributing the same amount.