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Fanfare Magazine: 21:3 (01-02/1998)
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Harmonia Mundi
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Reviewer: J. F. Weber
 

None of these cantatas is new to records, and only Herzlich lieb, recorded three times on LP, has never been issued on CD. These performances fit the current Baroque interpretative approach of light and brief. Indeed, previous recordings, some of them quite recent (Koopman's Nun danket, Frieberger's Befiehl dem Engel, Ricercar Ensemble's Ich suchte), took a similar approach to this. Yet previous recordings of five of the six pieces (all but Ich suchte) involved a choral group as well as soloists, while here only solo voices are heard. Most telling, these are invariably the fastest performances of any of these works on disc.

The period instruments, 16 plus organ, are lovely. The most familiar names among the seven singers are the tenors, Gerd Türk and Wilfried Jochens, but bass Stephan Schreckenberger stands out every time his turn comes. Ich suchte requires only Türk and Schreckenberger with six instruments (no organ), the lightest scoring of any of these works. Based on The Song of Songs, it suits the performance style especially well. Führwahr, a Passion setting, could stand a broader tempo, and the night prayer Befiehl dem Engel could relax a little.

The notes are brief, offering a sentence or so about the formal construction of each piece.
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