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5.0 out of 5 stars Intricate beauty, 14 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol.1 (Audio CD)
This disc is truly beautiful. The playing all round is sensitive and measured - especially the obbligati in the solo sections - and the feeling as a whole is one of tremendous ease with the music, even when, as happens in the Christe eleison in the G minor mass, there is a 4 part fugue with two part canon tacked on the end. I've barely stopped listening to this cd since buying it a month ago. It really is just incredibly beautiful. All the singers are excellent, but Robin Blaze's pure tone is really outstanding. The instrumental ensemble is superb, clear and articulate on its own and never dominating the voices when they play together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 24 July 2006
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J. Hutchings "jjhutchings" (Framlingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol.1 (Audio CD)
Bach sung one to a part. This recording will persuade even the hardiest member of the Little Mary on the Wold Choral Society. One to a part is quite simple - take an excellent ensemble such as the Purcell Quartet (add a few friends) and then take four solo singers whose tones blend but are distinctive enough to bring each part out, and there you have it - perfection.

The opening of the G minor Mass is bouncy, dance-like enough, but without being overdriven. The opening 'K' of the kyrie is spot on, and the solo entries, such as Blaze's first passage, are all exemplary. Blaze does, for me, outshine the other singers, apart from perhaps the seasoned Bachian voice of Mark Padmore. Blaze is the one countertenor who sings Bach and makes away with those stringy reedy performances by others.

This disc is, quite simply, a must for anyone claiming to like Bach.
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