|Jan Hanford said:|
The cd booklet tells us that these works come from the musical archives of the Berlin Singakademie, carried off to Kiev in 1945, recently discovered by Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. Some of them are still unpublished and some have been printed for the first time only in the last few years.
The world was buzzing when this discovery was made and has been waiting for a recording of these recently re-discovered masterpieces. I was very disappointed by this cd and did not find the works exciting or even interesting. The performance is the typically bright style of Musical Antiqua Koln. They do the best they can with some pretty but boring music.
The inclusion of a reconstructed J.S. Bach Concerto after BWV 249 is a mystery. Was it part of the recently discovered manuscripts? The liner notes do not say it is. Then what is it doing here instead of some more works waiting to be heard for the first time? I guess they felt compelled to include something by J.S. Bach to help sell the cd but I found it a distraction from the rest of the program.
I admire the scholarship and research that brought these works back to the world and I'm pleased they've been recorded. I guess my expectations were too high and the music does not live up the hype.