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Herreweghe's best Bach, one of the best cantata recordings.,
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This review is from: Bach: Mit Fried und Freud (Cantatas BWV 8, 125, 138) / Herreweghe (Audio CD)
Philippe Herrewehe's ongoing series of Bach cantatas for Harmonia Mundi has never been quite as boisterous or as outgoing as that, say, of John Eliot Gardner on DG. But Herreweghe's more restrained and contemplative approach pays real dividends in this collection of cantatas on the subject of death. Herreweghe's tempi are just right, never forced, his period-instrument orchestra has never sounded more sweet or sublime and his chorus sings as with one voice and spirit. The soloists are first-rate too, especially Padmore and Kooy, who sing their arias in the first cantata on the disc with real style and then share a wonderfully uplifting duet in the second. Yes, this music is truly uplifting too. For this death was of course, as Bach understood it, a Lutheran death: a release from earthly toil and a joyous reawakening of the righteous in Christ. All in all, this has to be one of Herreweghe's best Bach recordings, and one of the best cantata recordings of recent years. The recorded sound is very good too, and is the icing on the cake of what is a superb release.
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