Bach J.S. - Magnificat, BWV 243; Cantata, BWV 82 (Ward) (1995)
APE, IMG+CUE, LOG, Complete Artwork (jpg) => 208 MB | 53’15
EAC Rip | Classical/Sacred/Vocal | Label: Naxos | FServe/FSonic
Even as period-instrument bands dominate baroque music performance today, many small chamber orchestras demonstrate that it is possible to give stylish, restrained, crisply articulated performances of baroque music on modern instruments. When I compare this rendition of the Bach Magnificat to a period-instrument, one-singer-to-a-part version with Andrew Parrot on Virgin, the latter comes off sounding like a parody of authentic performance practice (rushed tempos, pallid vibrato-less tone, ugly lunging swells on suspensions) while this Naxos version sounds like a model of good taste and fine music making - from orchestra and vocal soloists alike.