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Over the last 15 years the baroque vocal and instrumental ensemble Pygmalion, under their founder Raphaël Pichon, has garnered a substantial reputation for itself. This new recording of Bach’s motets plus three examples by Bertolusi, Gabrieli and Gallus (his exquisite Ecce quomodo moritur justus) acts as an exuberant showcase for Pygmalion’s strengths. With discreet continuo support, the perfectly blended chamber-sized group of voices is, by turns, expressive and virtuosic, whether in homophonic or contrapuntal music. The effect of such joyous music-making fully embraces Bach’s life-enhancing works and cannot be too highly recommended in these dark times. Simply one of the finest recordings of the Bach motets currently available.

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