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4.5 out of 5 stars
Bach: Motets
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on 26 April 2016
I usually enjoy recordings by the Monteverdi choir very much but on this occasion I was disappointed. Whilst the choir appears to be on fine form the recording itself has exaggerated the sibilant sounds to such an extent that the vocal hisses are frequently overwhelming. This is a common difficulty with recording choral music that the Monteverdi Choir usually seem to escape but on this occasion it seems to have been overlooked. The result is sometimes merely irritating but in pieces such as Der Geist hilf unser Schwachheit auf and bits of Jesu, meine Freude the choir appear to have been replaced by a family of angry snakes which has completely ruined the recorded performance.
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on 26 June 2014
Though a long term fan of the Monteverdi Choir, it never ceases to amaze me how damned good they are. And considering this recording was live, good just doesn't say it all. In fact, many superlatives don't do this choir justice. The best way to make one's own mind up is to sample it for real. With this kind of performance a 6th star is needed!
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on 13 March 2015
I bought a used copy and cannot understand why the previous owner could bear to part with it. Truly beautiful and inspiring music, wonderfully performed and excellently introduced by John Eliot Gardener's helpful and enthusiastic introduction.
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on 2 February 2015
I have have always loved the music of Bach, and this is a powerful and accurate rendition of very beautiful music,
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on 12 July 2016
Wonderful wonderful wonderful - buy it.
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on 15 November 2013
What marvellous music and Gardiner's sprightly tempos make it most lively. A real treat for lovers of both Bach and great music.
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on 7 February 2015
A delightful, classical gift.
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on 26 August 2014
a very good recording indeed. Suberbly sung
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on 2 September 2012
I impulse bought this cd and love it, it makes Bach sound mint fresh brand new, makes you feel as if your brain has been taken out, washed in clean cool water, and put back in again!
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on 17 August 2012
Superb recording - clear sound with excellent acoustics - a pleasure to listen too - fill a gap in my collection
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