It’s a little ironic that composers can spend their lives creating great works of art and then they die and begin to decompose.
It used to be that all I knew about Bach was that he composed music for the pipe organ. I thought he was okay but it wasn’t something I was really interested in. That was before I heard Bach choruses sung by boy choirs. Boy, did I change my mind fast. I had no idea how grand and beautiful his music could be.
There is a CD titled Johann Sebastian Bach - Famous Choruses and it features several of the great boy’s choirs: Kings College, Knabenchor Hannover, Tolzer Knabenchor and Wiener Sangerknaben.
It also has the voices of the men’s choir Chorus Viennensis and the mixed adult choir Collegium Vocale (Ghent) but don’t let that stop you from buying the CD. The adults sing in combination with the boy’s choirs and, in my opinion, are improved by doing so.
I just love the first song Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life) which is a very rousing number by the Tolzer Knabenchor.
Another stirring song is Der Himmel Lacht, Die Erde Jubilieret (The Heavens Laugh, The Earth Rejoices) which is sung by both the Tolzer and the King’s College boys. It’s a good pairing.
Every song on here is beautiful and to have such a great collection of boys makes it a perfect album. I like it a lot.