Critic’s Choice 2013
"...During 2013 the last four volumes have risen to various heights, but Vol 53 (of 55) distills late Bach with touchingly special wisdom and poise."
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - Gramophone magazine - December 2013
"... The expertise as we get close to the end of Susuki’s cycle has become wonderfully unobtrusive."
David Stancliffe - Early Music Review - August 2013
"...The soloists blend delightfully with what is an impressively unified chorus. It almost goes without saying how well the instrumentalists of the Bach Collegium Japan respond. Suzuki brings everything together in masterly fashion... The level of performance consistency of this BIS series is nothing short of remarkable. It really is hard to find fault when this music is presented in such an exemplary manner."
Michael Cookson - MusicWeb-International.com - July 2013
"...This is a wonderful celebration of all-too-rare late Bach vocal works, revealed to us by Suzuki with joy and an impeccable understanding of its unique essence."
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - Gramophone magazine - August 2013
Performance **** Recording ****
Suzuki’s performance forces. 12-voice choir (including soloists) and three-to-a-part violins, are superbly clean & tidy while allowing him generous dynamic and dramatic range. Highly commended."
George Pratt - BBC Music magazine - August 2013
Music ****½ (Very Good/Excellent) Sound ***** (Excellent)
Matthias Hengelbrock - Fono Forum magazine - July 2013
"...His [Suzuki] solo singers and instrumentalists are in sparkling form, he shpes the choruses beautifully, alert to the lyrical impulses that glide through Bach’s intricate rhythmic textures. This is Suzuki back to his beguiling best." *****
Graham Lock - Early Music Today magazine - June-August 2013
"...The soloists in this set are on top form. They have a lot of work to do. Their own voices – like those of the chorus – are measured and urbane; yet full of feeling... by and large the singers not only perform well in themselves; they also have a true enough understanding of the "soul" of Bach’s music to meld well with the chorus and orchestra. Similarly the solo instrumentalists in their wider context constantly hold your interest without ever drawing attention to themselves. No solo contribution risks overshadowing the others’ work. Gerd Türk and Hana Blazikova sing with particular aplomb and are especially persuasive throughout. The acoustic – of the relatively recently-completed (1981) Shoin Women’s University Chapel in Kobe (Japan) is resonant but not intrusively so. It allows every syllable of soprano Blazikova’s, countertenor Blaze’s, tenor Türk and bass Kooy’s articulation to make its full impact. In common with established practice by BIS, the recording quality is excellent ... If you’re already collecting this series, you’ll of course want to add this. If you want a sampler, give it a try: these period instrument performances have a lot going for them."
Mark Sealey - classical.net - April 2013
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