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Most Grand To Die (James Rutherford/ Eugene Asti) &hellip ~ James Rutherford
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this disk on the basis of a warm review in Gramophone, and share some but not all of their enthusiasm. The programme has the engaging and moving theme of the impact of the mass slaughter of the First World War on the sensibilities of a range of English composers directly involved. The opening items are more directly connected with the war; the later songs conveying a more general sense of melancholy and the fragility of life and happiness. The greater variety of the latter songs is welcome as the generally solemn and stately pace of the early items would be too much over a whole recital.

BIS's recording has an ideal balance of presence and resonance. Eugene Asti is… Read more
J.C.Bach: Welt Gute Nacht ~ Julia Doyle
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For many, the music of the Bach family before JS raises subliminal associations of accompanying your parents on a musical visit to a venerable great aunt who can't quite relate to children. This captivating disk will surely put the record straight for this distinguished forebear whose music can stand on its own merits without appeal to context or extenuating circumstances. Johann Christoph was organist in Eisenach and greatly respected by his younger cousin once removed. The music is less overtly complex than JS's but speaks with its own voice and one that is sophisticated, dignified and deeply expressive. Gardiner's performers are recorded live at Cadogan Hall in front of one of the… Read more