[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Bach Collegium Japan sing classic Christmas carols in new arrangements.
Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki have sung of the wonders of Christmas a number of times, in Bach's cantatas and Christmas Oratorio as well as in Handel's Messiah. Here, instead, we hear the choir a cappella in a selection of classic Christmas carols. Masato Suzuki, son of the ensemble's founder and director, has selected some of the best-loved songs of Christmas, such as Adeste fideles and Silent Night, as well as less familiar hymns, arranging them especially for these singers. A consummate organist, he also performs a number of Louis-Claude Daquin's noëls variés - keyboard variations on Christmas songs which became a highly popular genre in 18th-century France.
"The performances are typically classy, and punctuated by a selection of Daquin's 'Noels' for solo organ, played with peppery registrations by Suzuki" BBC Music
"This is a very special Christmas album. The heavenly voices of the Bach Collegium Japan Chorus resonate with their rendition of carols. Silent Night, one of few well-known carols on this disc, sounds 'new' due to an inspiring performance. These carols are interspersed with 7 Noels by Daquin (1757) on a glorious organ played by Masaaki Suzuki's son Masato. The overall effect is of being transported to a wonderful evening concert. Highly recommended." Nicholas Butler/Marbecks
Arrangements by Masato Suzuki of:
Verbum caro factum est
Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier
In dulci jubilo
The First Noel
Hark! The herald angels sing
Three Carols (medley)
O Jesulein süß! ...
Veni, veni, Emmanuel
Noëls 1-3, 6, 8, 10 & 12 for organ solo, by LouisClaude