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'Bach and the Stile Antico'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Bach and the Stile Antico'

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'Bach and the stile antico'

JS Bach Aus tiefer Not, BWV686. Credo in unum Deum, BWV1081. Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV671. Mass, BWV232--Symbolum Nicenum (Credo) Bassani Acroama Missale--No 5, Credo in unum Deum Caldara/JS Bach Suscepit Israel, BWV1082 Palestrina Missa Sine nomine--Kyrie; Gloria St Salvator's Chapel Choir; Ars Eloquentiae; Fitzwilliam Quartet / Tom Wilkinson org Sanctiandree (F) SAND0003 (62' * DDD * T/t)

It seems obvious to point out Bach was a profoundly gifted contrapuntist, but this programme by St Salvator's Chapel Choir of the University of St Andrew's is an intelligent exploration of the direct connections between Bach's music drawing on the stile antico (ie Renaissance-style polyphonic invention) and works by other composers that he copied, arranged and performed.

In c1735 Bach and an assistant copied out six Masses by Giovanni Battista Bassani, and the Credo from the fifth of these is performed here with Bach's own brief introduction for choir and basso continuo (BWV1081); Bassani's music takes over at 'Patrem omnipotentem' and is an attractive concertato movement in which modest solo-voice phrases and contrapuntal choral passages converse amiably with strings and continuo played expertly by Ars Eloquentiae (string sections are led by the Fitzwilliam Quartet). …

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