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David Vickers
Gramophone, September 2019

The orchestra and choir of Gaechinger Cantorey are conducted expertly by Hans-Christoph Rademann; ebullient trumpet-laden choruses fizz with a compound of sonorous muscle, rhythmic flair and contrapuntal transparency, nowhere more so than the convivial opening chorus of No 149 (parodied from the Hunt Cantata).

The intervening solo cantatas advocate God’s peace. The Hildebrandt organ takes centre stage in No 169, Gott soll allein mein Herze haben (for the 18th Sunday after Trinity, 1726), all three movements probably adapted from a lost keyboard concerto. There is a thrilling synergy between organist David Franke (exploiting the instrument’s spectacular registrations) and the alert orchestra (further enriched by two oboes d’amore and taille) in the Sinfonia; the dramatic singing of Anke Vondung conveys darkhued wisdom. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

BBC Music Magazine, August 2019

The choir is incisive and alert; the instrumental playing, deft. © 2019 BBC Music Magazine

James Manheim, July 2019

Germany’s Gaechinger Cantorey is the group formerly known as the Gächinger Kantorei, one of the country’s fabled small regional choirs. The respelling was not due simply to the German spelling reform but to the ascent of a new conductor, Hans-Christoph Rademann, and to a new emphasis on historical instruments (the Cantorey includes both singers and instrumentalists). The result is an interesting mix that stands out from other Bach cantata recordings (a substantial task). Rademann does not cut his choir down to one-voice-per-part dimensions, or even two; the Cantorey has four voices on each part, and it retains the rich, plummy sound of German choirs. © 2019 Read complete review

Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, June 2019

Rademann and his team offer mostly attractive performances of these four cantatas and most prospective purchasers would be well pleased with the Accentus CD. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Jan-Geert Wolff
Pizzicato, May 2019

In this new release, the choir and orchestra of the Gaechinger Cantorey, conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann, deliver an exemplary performance in all respects. The vital orchestra, the overall good soloists, the precise interplay with the church organ, the appealing interpretation of the arias and recitatives, choirs and chorales entirely in the sense of exegesis, the dancing character in the opening choir of BWV 149, the baroque brilliance of the trumpets… the Bach cantatas are so expertly interpreted and so rich in content and sound that after 73 minutes and 49 seconds one would like to treat oneself to a da capo. © 2019 Pizzicato

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