Two important new Bach CD releases for Robin Blaze

6 January 2008

Robin Blaze continues to feature as a star soloist in Masaaki Suzuki’s ongoing Bach recording project with the Bach Collegium Japan for BIS records. The two latest releases mark a high-point for Robin’s contribution.

The first is the monumental Mass in B Minor, and Gramophone has already described his contributions as follows “...the ‘Et in unum Dominum’ (with the admirable Carolyn Sampson and Robin Blaze) reveals its expectant delights, as does Blaze’s heart-stopping ‘Agnus Dei’.” You can hear the entire Agnus Dei track by clicking here.

The second release is a complete disc of Bach’s solo cantatas for counter-tenor, featuring the cantatas Gott soll allein BWV169, Vergnügte Ruh BWV170 and Geist und Seele BWV35. Gramophone magazine was again effusive in its praise: “this accounts to a reading of some substance…Witness more golden Blaze in the last cantata to cap a disc of especially committed and engaged performances.” Berta Joncus, on Radio 3’s CD Review programme went even further saying “[Robin Blaze] just shines literally throughout this disc…Blaze is an extraordinary interpreter when it comes to sensitivity to text. I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a seductive, limpid beauty of tone that has so much emotion behind it”. For more information please click here.

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