The purity and uncanny steadiness of Andreas Scholl's extraordinary voice is
here celebrated. He does not lack for representation in the Harmonia Mundi
catalogue - some seventeen entries. In this case we hear him in the
ineffably beautiful and minimally scored (lute only) O Jesu, nomen dulce.
Johann Christoph Bach's extraordinarily romantic Lamento is unforgettable
with its strange foreshadowings of the cimbalom. Legrenzi's purely
instrumental Sonata Quinta is rather ordinary in this company. Scholl
unwaveringly maintains the concentration of the sombre Buxtehude Klag-lied.
Erlebach's Wer sich dem himmel is a more pliantly devotional vehicle with
more scope for Scholl to spread his emotional wings. Instrumental contrast
is offered again in the form of Ignazio Albertini's Sonata IV for violin and
continuo. It's another discovery in a disc of discoveries. For its age -
Albertini's dates are c1644-1685 it is very romantic in style. When first
played many parts of this 5:33 piece must have seemed outlandish indeed.
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