Album review: Daniel Behle, Bach (Sony Classical)

 

Best known for his interpretations of Schubert and Strauss lieder, young German tenor Daniel Behle here offers a programme of Bach cantatas arranged for flute and small ensemble, ranging from the lengthy, sombre da capo aria "Wo Wird in Diesem Jammertale" to the rippling flood of animated melisma that is "So Schnell ein Rauschend Wasser Schießt".

Throughout, he demonstrates admirable evenness of tone across his range, and the ability to subtly convey the intricacies of religious devotion. "Ermuntre Dich" springs along delightedly, with flute gambolling alongside as Behle anticipates the prospect of Heaven. Particularly satisfying is "Ich Habe Genug", where silky strings and angelic flute support Behle's light, thoughtful tenor.

Download: Ermuntre Dich; Ich Habe Genug; Wo Wird in Diesem Jammertale

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