Album: Bach, Cantatas / Harnoncourt (DHM)

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This handsome triptych of Bach cantatas sees Nikolaus Harnoncourt return to form after last year's Porgy and Bess.

There's infinitely more swing in the opening movement of Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140), and an audibly inhaled upbeat sets the tone for a magnificent display of firm basses, plump oboes and exultant violins.

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (BWV16) boasts sophisticated arias from Christine Schäfer and Werner Gura. The hyperactive organ obbligato in Wir danken dir, Gott (BWV 29) is irrestible.