Album: Bach, Harpsichord Concertos, Accademia Bizantina (Decca L'Oiseau Lyre)

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Within this catalogue one can look for star quality by way of Christophe Rousset, rhythmic invention from Lars Ulrik Mortensen and warmth from Ton Koopman.

For intimacy and brio, there's Ottavio Dantone and the five musicians of Accademia Bizantina. Though Dantone favours staccato and brisk spread chords, this single-strings performance is highly seductive. Poised in the Siciliano of the E major Concerto, merry in the Allegro of the A major, strikingly confident in the whirlwind Presto of the F minor and dazzling in the Italianate Adagio of the D minor, the ensemble is faultless.

Pick of the Album: A bracing, dynamic account of the D minor Concerto

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