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Delicate nuance adorns Einsamkeit, O stilles Wesen – German Cantatas of the Baroque as the eight singers and bijou band of L’arpa festante, directed by Christoph Hesse, anthologise works by Jacobi, Heinichen, Kuhnau, Thaur, and J.S. Bach. Here are some revelations, with the rare and the rich brought together, all profound explorations of their pietistic texts. These chamber interpretations evoke the atmosphere of Lutheran devotions – most expressive, introspective and self-examining, penitential and humble, comforting and edifying – in weightlessly, effortlessly spiritual performances.

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