news_2011_02_02Bach Collegium Japan and their director, Masaaki Suzuki, have been nominated in the choral category for a BBC Music Magazine award with their recording of J.S. Bach Motets on the BIS label.

Following on from their success winning the Diapason d’Or de L’Année 2010, Bach Collegium Japan has continued its run of success with a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine award for their recording of J.S. Bach Motets. Already hailed by French radio channel France Musique as the best disc of choral music of 2010,  Berta Joncus from the BBC awards panel adds this praise:

Suzuki and his choir brilliantly illuminate this most virtuosic of Bach’s choral works. Bach poured all his compositional artistry – double choirs, fugues, species counterpoint – into his motets. Despite the density of Bach’s ideas, this performance is ebullient and elegant. The choir’s flawless ensemble and translucent sound keep the texture light. Suzuki’s deft conducting brings out not only the complexity of Bach’s writing but also the pure joy with which Bach affirms and celebrates his faith.’

The winners will be announced at the BBC Music Magazine Awards ceremony, held on 12 April at King’s Place in London. Voting is available until 1 March at www.classical-music.com/awards