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Inspiring recording of music by J S Bach's most gifted son
on 15 February 2014
This is a brilliant CD of music by C P E Bach which celebrates the tercentenary of his birth. His music is highly original and bridges the Baroque and the Classical eras, as can be heard in the wonderful Magnificat which is the main work on this disc. It is beautifully performed here by the RIAS Chamber choir and the Academy for Ancient Music, Berlin. The soloists, including our own Elizabeth Watts, are uniformly good, though the tenor's rather tight vibrato will not be to everyone's taste. The CD also includes an exciting piece for double chorus 'Heilig', also superbly performed. Last but certainly not least, there is an invigorating, biting performance of the Symphony in D. The orchestra are superb here, playing with fire and commitment; every line crystal clear, thanks to the outstanding recording quality. My only gripe is that 56 minutes is rather short measure for a CD these days, and another symphony could easily have been included. You cannot have too much of a good thing!