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Stephen Farr’s first solo Bach recording comes from the same label and on the same instrument as last year’s compelling account of Judith Bingham’s The Everlasting Crown. It’s a courageous first foray into the German master’s music, its kaleidoscopic display of styles, textures, contrapuntal techniques and virtuosic conceits presenting a series of not inconsiderable challenges. Happily, Farr rises to the occasion, turning in performances that are as varied and vital as the music demands, intricate details inked with telling clarity and the elongated arc of the whole negotiated with nimble and nuanced aplomb. Superb recorded sound, excellent notes by Bettina Varwig, the inclusion of complete chorale texts and details of registrations employed add to the considerable pleasure.

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