8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2010
Nearly all of these works were new to me and I liked them first time I heard them, but it is only after numerous listenings, spaced a week or two apart, that I have come to fully appreciate them. Some, like the Rovetta, made little impression for the first few airings, but then a few phrases began to penetrate and their magnificence began to unfold. Even now, they require some concentration - never mere background music - but the rewards are bountiful, with new delights on every hearing. Exquisitely sung; I cannot imagine a better interpreter of this music than Andreas Scholl.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2012
This is a recording to listen to again and again, and each time, find something new to appreciate. Andreas Scholl is a true master of his art, and his singing is breathtakingly beautiful: It is truly soulful, as well as being technically polished. The instrumental element of this CD is also a joy. "Ach, daß ich Wassers g'nug hätte" by Johann Christoph Bach is a track I could never tire of. And there is so much more to enjoy on this CD, for example, the delightful swaying melody of "Wer sich dem Himmel übergeben" by Heinrich Erlebach. This is truly exquisite, captivating, uplifting music. I haven't removed it from my stero since purchasing it, and seem to love it more with each listening. Highly recommendable. I cannot praise it highly enough, and if I could have given it 5+ stars, I would have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
One of the best German early baroque soloist recording of the last 15 years (1998 reedited in 2008 in the hmGold version). The performance of Scholl emphasize perhaps the most elegant and sober of all countertenors, especially for this repertory. It is impossible not to pay a special attention to the Buxtehude Klaglied, to the J. Ch. Bach (elder of the famous Kantor) Lamento "Ach, Daß Ich Wassers G'nug Hätte" or to the beautiful “Ach, Herr, Lass Deine Lieben Engelein” (by Rovetta, and Tunder for the German version). Contemplation is of course the background of these exceptional album.