‘Bach’s library’ reviewed in Early Music Review

David Hansell reviewed our CD ‘Bach’s library’ for Early Music Review.

… this is an exemplary release. Graham Sadler’s note both explains the rationale of the programme and draws attention to notable musical details, and the lively performances back him up. I applaud with some relief the either/or decision with regard to the use of harpsichord and theorbo for the continuo and the one-to-a-part performances of the ‘orchestral’ items emphasise the absolute validity of this approach and sonority. Much of Bach’s music, like the suite recorded here, is so familiar that we can easily overlook just how brilliant it is. Playing like this is a timely reminder, and programming like this also serves to emphasise that he and it didn’t just happen.

Early Music Review, April 2013

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