Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach * S-D Sandstrom: JS Bach Jesu

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach * S-D Sandstrom: JS Bach Jesu

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JS Bach * S-D Sandstrom

JS Bach Jesu, meine Freude, BWV227. Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV228. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV225 S-D Sandstrom Komm, Jesu, komm. Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf. Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden Hanover Chamber Choir; La Festa Musicale / Stephan Doormann Rondeau Production (F) R0P6105 (67' * DDD)

It takes a brave composer to go up against Bach, and despite the best attempts of Jan-Geert Wolffs elegant booklet-notes to convince us otherwise, that is exactly what is asked of Sven-David Sandstrom in this disc from Hanover's Kammerchor. Sweden's foremost contemporary composer has spent recent years expanding his choral repertoire, not only setting the same six texts as Bach's motets and a St Matthew Passion but also giving himself the challenge of writing music for all the feast days of the liturgical calendar. Conductor Stephan Doormann here creates a composite cycle of six motets: three from Bach and three from Sandstrom. By avoiding duplication of any single text, Doormann ensures this is a dialogue rather than--as Wolff terms it a musical 'boxing match'. The result is a thoughtful and thought-provoking blend of the familiar and the unexpected, a musical meditation on texts and music we listen to too frequently to hear clearly. …

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