Album: Bach, Trauer Music – Parrott / Tavener Consort & Players (Avie)

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If the title provokes a double-take, the content will provoke many more.

This is not the Trauer Ode but a reconstruction of the lost Trauer Music that was prepared for the Burial and Memorial Services of Prince Leopold in 1728. Using Picander's surviving libretto, Andrew Parrott has identified sympathetic material from the St Matthew Passion and the Trauer Ode to form four cantatas of mourning. The blend of familiar music and unfamiliar poetry is fascinating.