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5.0 out of 5 stars J L Bach: Trauermusik (via Amazon), 23 July 2012
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This review is from: Johann Ludwig Bach: Trauermusik (RIAS Kammerchor / Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin) (Audio CD)
Johann Ludwig Bach belongs to a branch of the family which was separated from that of the great J S Bach in the 16th century (although only by about 140 miles geographically whilst each of them was working). Now little-known, Johann Ludwig proves his considerable worth in this commemorative music for his long-time patron, the Duke Ernst of Saxe-Meiningen, who died in 1724.

This is baroque music on a grand scale, set for two choirs and two large instrumental ensembles. It often feels more like Handel than J S Bach. Movements are relatively short and often homophonic. There are memorable melodies, dramatic word-painting and grand effects enhanced by the normal late-baroque contingent of clarino trumpets.

The performance the RIAS Chamber Choir and Akademie fûr Alte Musik is bright, precise and convincing. Overall, strongly recommended to baroque enthusiasts, with only slight misgivings at times about the female soloist's over-operatic sound.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to bury by., 28 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Johann Ludwig Bach: Trauermusik (RIAS Kammerchor / Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin) (Audio CD)
Forget the need to have mournful music at your funeral. All this dirgeful stuff just is not the music to send off a loved one by. Deal with death joyfully, and hire the RIAS Kammerchor no matter what the cost.
This recording is apparently faultless; but, more than that, it has certain perfections, such as the clarity of the German, and the careful balance of choir and orchestra.
It is almost music to dance to, at times; and who would have known about J L Bach's prowess in this field, were it not for the judicial playing of excerpts on Radio 3?
But if you are past dancing, the next judicious step would be to make this the music to die for. Just hope you get to heaven!
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