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Johann Pachelbel

Academic journal article Notes

Johann Pachelbel

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Johann Pachelbel. Christ lag in Todesbanden. Chour de Chambre de Namur; Les Agremens; David Van Bouwel/Jean Tubery. Ricercar RIC 255 1067-2, 2007.

It shoudl probably come as no surprise that the tercentenary of Pachelbel's death in 2006 was largely ignored by the general public, since he is remembered by most (if at all) only for a very minor if surpassingly popular work, the Canon in D Major. Less excusable is the failure of much of the classical music world to draw adequate attention to this milestone, though to some degree that failure may simply reflect the dire new economics of the recording industry. What all of this means is that new recordings of Pachelbel's more substantial compositions are always both needed and welcome, and this exuberant performance of two motets, three sacred cantatas, and two organ toccatas by the wonderful Choeur de Chambre de Namur and the Agremens ensemble (also based in Namur), with organ soloist David Van Bouwel, is a delight. …

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