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CD booklet
Bach: Cantates de la nativité 122, 123, 161, 182

The Whole Note
February 7, 2009

We have the splendour of orchestration and richness of passion represented in four cantatas by Bach, performed by Montréal Baroque with four soloists alone handling recit, aria and chorales: soprano Monika Mauch, alto Matthew White, tenor Charles Daniels and bass Harry van der Karnp. Eric Milnes, who has undertaken the monumental project of recording all the Bach cantatas for the ATMA label, conducts this 4th volume in the series from the organ. He matches Bach's zeal in these complex, multilayered, highly interwoven and ornamented works with great energy and vivacity. The voices are superb and the period-instrument orchestra brilliant in its virtuosity.

Dianne Wells - The Whole Note