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This is an excellent live recording of a concert given at the Basilika Stift Klosterneuburg. Two of Vivaldi’s instrumental works act as a prelude to the sublime countertenor voice of Andreas Scholl. The short Concerto in G minor RV 156 and the Sonata a quatro ‘Al santo sepolcro’ RV 130 are both delightful expressions of contrapuntal writing, given a captivating performance here by the talented instrumentalists of Bach Consort Wien. The Miserere Filiae maestae Jerusalem and Stabat Mater showcase Scholl’s fine musicianship, phrasing and interpretive powers, sympathetically accompanied by the consort. The Gloria offers a radical shiftin mood and is given a full-on interpretation at a lively tempo under director Rubén Dubrovsky. The Salzburger Bachchor respond with gusto. They are a very powerful group of singers who at times lack finesse and occasionally drown out the consort; nevertheless, when combined here with two very good soprano soloists, the result is very enjoyable.

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