OBC presents its newest album of Bach’s “Six Motets”

The JUNO award winning Ottawa Bach Choir (OBC) releases its newest album of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Motets on the ATMA Classique label. The album features Bach’s stunning motets, including Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225; Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227; Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226; Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229; Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228; and Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230. An expanded baroque continuo accompanies the choir, featuring Jonathan Oldengarm, organ; Jean-Christophe Lizotte, cello; Reuven Rothman, double bass; Matthew Larkin, harpsichord; and Lucas Harris, theorbo.

“Bach’s virtuosic motets are among the greatest achievements of choral polyphony and form the pinnacle of the genre,” says Founder and Artistic Director Lisette Canton. “Written for 4 to 8 voices, the texts, formal construction and textures are drawn from the German motet tradition and brilliantly display the magnificent sound of the choir in this fantastic recording.”

The Ottawa Bach Choir, founded in 2002 by Dr. Lisette Canton, offers a wide range of choral music from all historical periods. With the combination of a scholarly and emotional approach, the OBC provides an unforgettable experience of choral music at its best. The OBC won the 2020 JUNO Award for its album, Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schütz: Motets, in the category Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral, and has just returned from the prestigious international festival, Bachfest Leipzig, this past June 2022. The OBC has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, Europe, and China, and had the honour of being the first Canadian choir ever to be among the performers in Bachfest Leipzig 2014.

For interviews and information, please contact:

Lee-Ann Brodeur, Administrative Manager, leeann.brodeur@ottawabachchoir.ca

Dr. Lisette Canton, Founder and Artistic Director, lisette.canton@ottawabachchoir.ca

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Lisette Canton, conductor                                                         

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