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This is something of a breath of fresh air across the landscape of today’s baroque recording. The two upper voices of Paradiso Musicale are Dan Laurin’s recorder and Henrik Frendin’s viola, which thoroughly unconventional pairing gives them a fresh take on textural matters. They announce in their notes that in consequence of their line-up they ‘are free to play the music that we like’, and indeed, they do sound refreshingly free of conventional historical performance dogma and the shackles of the authenticity police. They would be open to the accusation of gimmickry were their performance of the work actually scored for them – the CPE Bach trio sonata for bass recorder and viola – not unimpeachable, but it is. There are one or two moments where matching upper voices might have yielded greater textural coherence, but this is a very enjoyable disc.

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