The Ricercar Consort have already been awarded a Radio 3 disc of the Week and a Gramophone Editor's Choice for their Bach recordings for Mirare. Here they present three sacred cantatas, among the earliest written by the young Johann Sebastian in his first posts as Kapellmeister in Mühlausen and Weimar, for Easter. They display the heritage and influence of the old master Buxtehude, but also the force, the modernity, and the genius of the future Kantor.
“Pierlot's instrumentalists are pleasingly attuned to each other's declamatory needs, resulting in a well-balanced and lucidly coloured ensemble. He favours the one-voice-to-a-part approach which works well in the generally lighter textures of Bach's earliest cantatas. His four soloists, ever aware of Bach's imaginative work painting, are excellent in their declamatory fervour both in a solo capacity and in ensemble.”
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