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Gardiner strikes again...,
This review is from: Bach Cantatas Vol.9 (Audio CD)
...and again and again. In this issue, the picks for me were a wonderful rendition of BWV148, with its fabulous trumpet obbligato in the opening chorale, and of the solo cantata (although it does have a chorale at the end) BWV169, well known for its delightful orchestral opening. The second CD was recorded in the Thomaskirche, Leipzig, one of the churches in which Bach worked in his final years and in which he is buried. That CD ends with a fitting tribute to the great man, the chorale "Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit" (BWV668, aka The Deathbed Chorale). It is sung a cappella by the Monteverdis, standing around the grave. Beautiful, wonderful, sublime music, all of it.