Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Hasse - Salve Regina - Bonney/Fink/Musica Antiqua Koln/Goebel

Rating: 5/5

Alittle gem

This is a fabulous disc of music which was new to me and which I enjoyed hugely. The two settings of Salve Regina (one for mezzo and one for soprano and mezzo) are really lovely, and you also get a motet (for mezzo), two Sinfonias and a Fuga & Grave. It's all very good music - there is charm, beauty and real interest here in abundance and Hasse deserves to be better known on this evidence.

The performances are all one would expect from this stellar line-up. Bernarda Fink sings absolutely beautifully and when she is joined by the excellent Barbara Bonney the effect is stunning. Musica Antiqua Köln are their usual virtuosic selves and Reinhard Goebel directs with the technical excellence and real empathy with this period which shines through all his recordings.

In short, it's a little gem of a disc, and I recommend it very warmly.

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