King’s College Choir sings J.S. Bach
Bach sung in elegant English
King’s College Choir, Cambridge, beautifully performs Bach’s earliest and most popular funeral motet (“Jesu, Priceless Treasure” BWV 227) in sensitive English translation! Accompanying this motet are seven lovely part-songs (from “Die Geistliche Lieder und Arien”) which take the form of prayers and two choruses of St. John Passion.
“It’s rather nice to go back to the King’s way, to the old firm of Willcocks and Preston, and remember what it was that pleased us then. We were not ashamed in those days to accept Bach as a decent Englishman, and we liked to hear his church music in a devotional context… Frankly, it is a lovely and moving record, which will appeal to far more people than any amount of authenticity—and learned folk can enjoy it as a period piece. There is still a need for Bach in English.” (Gramophone)