Cantate Domino: Cantatas & Motets by JS Bach, Mozart, Telemann, Buxtehude & Handel | MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm) MDG9022138

Cantate Domino: Cantatas & Motets by JS Bach, Mozart, Telemann, Buxtehude & Handel


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Label: MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm)

Cat No: MDG9022138

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st November 2019



Framed by Bach’s festive New Year’s Day Cantata and his double-choral motet on Psalm 98, this recording by the instrumentally and vocally multifaceted Salzburg ensemble presents works by Buxtehude, Telemann, and Handel. As a special treat two previously undiscovered solutions to Mozart’s Puzzle Canon on the same text are also included.

Along with this premiere, two other recording firsts enrich this meticulously produced Super Audio CD. Telemann’s cantata has never been released in recorded form before.

Gordon Safari, the ensemble’s founder and leader, has completed the Cantata BWV 190, a work transmitted in fragmentary form. This versatile conductor is now presenting this festive work for the first time on Super Audio CD. Handel designed his English version of Psalm 98 just as festively, though with clearly more modest means. What this well-versed stage composer does with the few instruments that the patron who commissioned the work could accommodate once again demonstrates the masterful instrumental artistry of this German resident of England.

As we gather from Buxtehude’s Latin psalm setting, both Handel and Bach learned from him. This virtuosic piece for three voices seems to have been tailor-made for the throats of the BachWerkVokal. The remarkable spatial impression of this three-dimensional recording shines with Baroque splendour even in the secular setting of the home – and lends Bach’s double-choral motets the radiance of a live performance.

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