Choral giants which rank alongside the B minor Mass and the two Passions, Bach’s Six Motets tower above the landscape of sacred music in baroque Germany. Mathieu Romano has conceived a spatialized concert for his Aedes ensemble in the form of a “spiritual” journey of homage to early music, based on the famous motet “Jesu, meine Freude”.
Mendelssohn, who played a large part in reviving Bach’s music, composed many religious works including a cappella motets which are regarded as masterpieces of vocal writing. In the 20th and 21st centuries, other composers were to turn to earlier geniuses for inspiration: Maurice Duruflé (Four motets on Gregorian themes) ; Sven-David Sandström (Es ist genug) ; and Knut Nystedt, whose famous choral work Immortal Bach glorifies the eternal nature of the great German composer.
Following the form of the motet, around and within the arch of its structure, the audience can listen to other treasures of sacred music which express mankind’s fervour and our yearning for eternal life.
Four motets on Gregorian themes, Opus 10
A work for viol solo
Three motets Op. 69 No.1, « Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Frieden fahren »
Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (viol solo)
Es ist genug
Motet Jesu meine Freude BWV 227
Selig sind die Toten