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This disc’s three cantatas – BWV 9, 97 and 177 – date from the 1730s and are in the chorale style Bach first employed in his 1724-25 cycle. They also offer many instances of Bach’s exquisite touch with instrumental colour, such as the flute and oboe d’amore that tenderly entwine with soprano and alto voices (Hana Blažíková, Robin Blaze) in BWV 9’s gorgeous double duet, ‘Herr, du siehst statt guter Werke’, surely one of the loveliest movements in all Bach’s work. Following two excellent discs (volumes 50 and 51), a low-key ‘Wachet auf’ on volume 52 raised fears that enervation had set in as the series nears its end. But Suzuki has regained his energy and focus here. His solo singers and instrumentalists are in sparkling form, and he shapes the choruses beautifully, alert to the lyrical impulses that glide through Bach’s intricate rhythmic textures. This is Suzuki back to his beguiling best.

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