This is a double CD. Each disc presents cantatas set by both Pachelbel and Bach: ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ and ‘Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan’. In the first case the older composer’s influence on Bach’s writing is very clear; in the second, we hear the mature Bach. Also on the discs: Pachelbel’s beautiful Canon and two of his sacred concertos; J.S. Bach’s stirring cantata for solo alto voice ‘Widerstehe doch der Sünde‘, and an arrangement of the lesser known canons from the Goldberg Variations.
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A 24-page accompanying booklet includes an essay on the music by the composer Hugh Wood, texts of the words sung and with English translations, and a note on his arrangement of the canons from the Goldberg Variations by Silas Wollston. The booklet and CD packet are illustrated by portraits of the two composers, and photographs of the musicians in concert and at the recording sessions.
To hear a sample from this CD (part of the opening chorus of J.S. Bach’s cantata ‘Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan’), click on the link in the right-hand column of this page.