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Homilius’s ‘Saxon vale of roses’ stayed with him, even when he was made cantor to the three most important churches in Dresden: the Frauenkirche, Sophienkirche and Kreuzkirche. His production of music was as devotedly efficient as his teaching, and these church pieces are sung with the appropriate directness and sincerity, not too formal or schooled, and touched here and there with a little rusticity that does justice to the composer on his 300-year jubilee. The recordings, made in association with the ‘Sandstein und Musik’ festivals, also uses the lovely acoustics of the Lukaskirche, the original Kreuzkirche having succumbed to cannonade during the Seven Years War.

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