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• Bach: Cantatas. Andreas Scholl (countertenor), Kammerorchester Basel.
Being Bach, such timeless spiritual music is uplifting rather than morbid or depressing.
Scholl's remarkable voice delights throughout, sensitively supported by chamber orchestra (led by Julia Schroder.) The seven-part BWV169 employs three additional soloists in the final aria's precious message: "love our neighbours."
Highlight: BWV82 for its slow tempi and purity of tone.
• "Song of the Reeds." Albrecht Mayer (oboe, cor anglais).
Klughart's five fantasy pieces, Schilflieder, for oboe, viola and piano enchant, as does Von Herzogenberg's Trio for oboe, horn and piano. Mayer switches to cor anglais in Liebesruf eines Faun by Hans Steinmetz (1901-1975), accompanied by piano, to present "a faun's love call."
Highlight: interesting programme to display perfectionist oboe player.