An anthology of Bach tracks from Robert King and his Consort's
earlier CDs makes a welcome selection; and it is only partly of well-known
music. The opening and closing choruses of Cantata 1, Wie schon leuchtet
der Morgenstern, are right off the beaten track, and truthfully the
Christmas Oratorio is a work known by title rather than music to
many, so a chorus and chorale make two more tracks to swell the Bach experience.
There are also instrumental extracts, including movements from the Concerto
in D minor for two violins, that for oboe and violin in C minor, and for
oboe in F, plus the Sinfonia to Cantata 169 [listen,
track 10, 00:00 - 00:50].
Above all, this music is treated in the right spirit - no undue reverential
awe to forsake sense, and no flippancy to exceed reasonable tempi. With
14 tracks and a duration of 73'21" this makes a fine and well-packed
companion for devotees, and those trembling on the brink of good music exposure.
Copyright © 14 June 2000 Basil Ramsey,
Eastwood, Essex, UK
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