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Of note on this recording is Musica Fiata's expert period band of instrumentalists who never fail to deliver the appropriate stylistic characteristics in this music, while taking daring risks, and displaying PERFECT intonation. Also, the singers (including some familiar names from past recordings on other Harmonia Mundi, Sony, and CPO projects) could not possibly sing this difficult and glorious repertoire any better than they do in this recording.
Note also that for the first time in their recordings, Wilson chooses to use the exotic sound of a double harp with bray pins to great effect in the continuo section. Also, the harp as used as a solo instrument in the section of the cantata "Halleluiah! Lobet dem Herrn" (a setting of Psalm 150) where the text reads "Lobet ihn mit Psalter und Harfen" ("praise him with psaltery and harp").Read more ›
Listening only to the over-performed Pachelbel Canon is like going to San Francisco and only eating at Fisherman's Wharf. There's a lot more satisfaction to be had from Pachelbel than I suspected, and this recording of six Easter cantatas will prove it to you. I'll crawl way out on the limb and declare that these smaller cantatas are equal to nearly any of Johann Sebastian Bach's in everything except scope. If you want to challenge that assertion, listen to Pachelbel's cantata "Christ Lag in Todesbanden" from this CD in comparison to your favorite performance of Christ Lag in Todesbanden by Bach. You'll quickly notice that the two share a musical idiom, though the Pachelebel has lingering traces of Schuetz and even Monteverdi. Both display intricate and artful counterpoint, dramatic use of homophonic chords to emphasize certain texts, playful but virtuosic instrumental decoration, subtle and supple interplay between voices and instruments, likewise between soloists and chorus, profound emotional expressiveness - all the marks of Bach. But the Pachelbel was written when Bach was not quite 15 years old. It's more concise than most Bach cantatas... dare I say, more polished? You'll have to listen for yourself.
Even if you think I'm overpraising the composer, however, you'll be thrilled by the performance.Read more ›
The present recording offers a representative cross section of Pachelbel's sacred works. Here the six pieces have been brought together according to liturgical points of view; from a musical perspective there is no overarching or cyclical ordering. Stylistic features instead suggest compositions at different times of Pachelbel,s life.
Pachelbels richly textured contrapuntal choral cantata "Christ lag in Todesbaden" must have impressed J.S.Bach very much for his later treatment of this same well-known Lutheran hymn BWV4, is remarkably similar in thematic treatment and harmonic structure. Pachelbel was regarded in his day as quite progressive, often decorating his vocal score with antiphonal choirs and rousing brass and percussion. Probably the best example on this recording is the cantata "Hallelujah! Lobet den Herrn" (Praise the Lord) which is decorated with 5 trumpets, trombone, timpani, bells, strings, 2 oboes, harp, dulcian, full concertants and ripieno voices, and basso continuo.
There is in all: 5 concertisti singers, 5 ripieni singers, all of whom are skilled and experienced.Read more ›
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Pachelbel's Canon is one of the most famous pieces of classical music, and his name will be remembered forever thanks to this short 5-minute piece. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Indy
The music is beautiful and expertly performed. I love this CD. I would recommend this CD to anyoje who likes classical/baroque music.Published on April 23, 2013 by Stasia
Outside of the famous "Canon", Pachelbel seems to be the most underrepresented composer in the baroque discography. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by geezergeek
This is a very good recording of a work less famous than Pachelbel's Canon. It was a welcome addition to my collection of Baroque listening.Published on February 14, 2010 by Randolf J. Rice