Album: Lotti / Zelenka / Bach, Thomas Hengelbrock, (Deutshe HM)

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Two famous settings of the Crucifixus haunt this disc from Thomas Hengelbrock's Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble.

The first is from Bach's B Minor Mass, heard here in its earlier incarnation as Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (BWV 12), the second that of Antonio Lotti. Alas, Lotti's Missa a tre cori has nothing as distinctive to offer and Et in terra pax's limpid suspensions overstay their welcome. Zelenka's Miserere in C minor has more bite, but the choral blend is poor and the soloists are at best efficient and at worst raw.