Bach: Ich Habe Genug review – as invigorating as a plunge into cold water

Bach: Ich Habe Genug review – as invigorating as a plunge into cold water

Top-notch recordings of Bach’s cantatas haven’t been thin on the ground recently, but even so this latest one, from Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort stands out. It brings together three cantatas that would be affecting at any time, together or individually, but that resonate especially strongly as a trio right now. They trace an emotional trajectory from darkness to light, from despair to hope – and the performances make the experience of that journey especially vivid. The recording takes its title from Cantata No 82, built around the biblical words of Simeon, who, having seen the infant Jesus, said that he could die in peace. The soloist is the bass-baritone Matthew Brook, a Dunedin stalwart, who brings a compelling honesty to music and words. There are recordings out there where the both …
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