Bach's motets were some of his only works not to fall into obscurity in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. The celebrated Clarion Choir will perform three of three of these beloved motets as a prelude to their performance of the Bach's B minor Mass in May, also in the glorious St. Jean Baptiste Church on the upper east side. Brahms knew the Bach motets well, and in his own motets he pays homage to Bach as well as to the great polyphonists of the Renaissance. At the same time, Brahms' motets are the quintessential Romantic works, expressive and rich in their counterpoint
Bach Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118 Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230 Brahms Geistliches Lied, op. 40 O Welt, ich muss dich lassen, op. 122 Warum ist Das Licht Gegeben, op. 74, No. 1 The Clarion Choir David Enlow, organ Steven Fox, artistic director and conductor
'Who could fail to be knocked sideways by the balanced tones and glorious thrust of New York's Clarion Choir (so aptly named)'
The Times (UK), April 2019