‘Every one a chaconne’ reviewed in Classic FM magagazine

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A.S. has reviewed our CD ‘Every one a chaconne’ for Classic FM magazine.

There’s something about the openness of sound, the sheer quality of music-making and the sense of connection between performers and composers that makes this a very special recording. Its contents explore the world of the Baroque chaconne, a secular dance form that became a staple of music for the concert room and chapel. The challenge of creating a piece above a repeated bass line certainly appealed to Bach, Purcell and the little-known Erlebach, each on inspired, inventive form in the works offered here. The Bach Players, a London-based collective formed in 1996, reach the music’s emotional heart with tremendous conviction.

Listening notes:

If the idea of composing above a repeated bass line sounds like a recipe for boredom, cast your ears towards Bach’s cantata no. 78, ‘Jesu, der du meine Seele’ and its delicious duet for soprano and alto, which is vivaciously performed on this recording by Rachel Elliott and Clare Wilkinson.

Purcell’s endlessly inventive genius and technical mastery merge beautifully in his Chacony to create an intoxicating musical mix. The Bach Players catch the work’s elegiac grandeur, slowly developing its expressive intensity with each repetition of the English composer’s eight-bar bass.

Rated: five stars (‘exceptional’)

Classic FM magazine, January 2010