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This CD is a brilliant demonstration of the supremacy of German baroque seasonal music, with two works each from Buxtehude and Telemann (the latter’s lively Missa sopra ‘Ein Kindelein so löbelich’ is a rarity) arranged around an energetic chamber performance of J.S. Bach’s cantata Ich freue mich in dir, BWV 133. Four solo voices bring elegant phrasing to ensembles, balanced with single strings spinning glorious counterpoint in precious filaments of sound. Recorded with warmth and clarity, the programme is brought to a genial conclusion with Buxtehude’s charming In dulci jubilo, as dancing voices and trilling violins evoke the beating of angel wings.

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