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The latest volume in this project aiming to restore the reputation of Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722), eclipsed by the fame of his successor as cantor of St Thomas, Leipzig – J.S. Bach – and by squabbles with ambitious young contemporaries such as Telemann, introduces the listener to three eloquent cantatas and two psalm concertos, including a lavish setting of Singet dem Herrn that uses two trumpets, timpani and a five-voice string section. Kuhnau was apparently an even more prolific composer than Bach, but little of his music has survived. Persuasive, beautifully articulated performances by Gregor Meyer’s accomplished singers and instrumentalists more than justify the effort of scholarship required to bring these attractive pieces back to life.

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