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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Bach
This is a terrific recording of Bach's six motets. There have been many fine performances in the past, but this matches the best, I'd say.

John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir have made Bach's music the centre of their repertoire for may years now and they have an exceptional insight into and understanding of these works as a result. It shows here in...
Published 14 months ago by Sid Nuncius

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2.0 out of 5 stars HIPster Wars - News from the Bach Front - Communiqué 85
Over time, mankind has coined any number of deities in an attempt to incarnate the One. A favourite of mine (and it's a recent addition to the canon) is the Flying Spaghetti Monster whose wrath knows no bounds. Other honourable mentions include the various Death-Gods of the Aztecs, athirst for blood; Jesus of the Flaming Tomato (otherwise known as the Sacred Heart) and...
Published 10 months ago by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach is the best, 23 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Bach: Motets [2011] [SDG: SDG716] (Audio CD)
I love the way Gardiner understands Bach's spirituality.
The M Choir is always amazing. My heart opens when listening to Komm, Jesu, komm; the whole CD is just a must have for anybody who loves great music.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Motets, 24 Jun 2012
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What can one say about this absolutely sublime CD?
It's a must for every collector of serious music.
Music - singers - production beyond words.
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HIPster Wars - News from the Bach Front - Communiqué 85, 30 Dec 2013
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Over time, mankind has coined any number of deities in an attempt to incarnate the One. A favourite of mine (and it's a recent addition to the canon) is the Flying Spaghetti Monster whose wrath knows no bounds. Other honourable mentions include the various Death-Gods of the Aztecs, athirst for blood; Jesus of the Flaming Tomato (otherwise known as the Sacred Heart) and Thoth, reckoner of times and seasons in Egypt. The list is infinite enough to merge with eternity.

As I listened to Jeggy's survey of Bach's Motets - oh joy - a question came to mind: what sort of deity is being predicated here?

Well, He is rather ethereal if not bloodless . As befits Otherness, humanity is in short supply; for instance, emotions are sinful in His divine presence. He's somewhat impatient. He's not interested in murky, mushy mysticism - well-lit brisk efficiency will do quite nicely, thank you. Time in His presence becomes interminable - which is not to be equated with eternity: such be the exactions of discipleship. Art-wise, He would be symbolised by a stopwatch. Anthropologists might assign the cult to the indigenes of Baffin Island or Novaya Zemlya.

If this deity appeals to you, Jeggy is his prophet. Your quest ends here with Holy Writ.

Rejoice in Dryness!
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