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This stellar release is a sheer joy

A review by James A. Altena in Fanfare magazine
February 10, 2020

Rated with 5.0 out of 5 stars

“This is a most intelligently conceived and splendidly executed disc, devoted to musical settings of Psalm 98. The two Bach works frame the proceedings at the beginning and end; the cantatas of Telemann, Buxtehude, and Handel come in between, with four selections from Mozart’s nine-part canon serving as palate cleansers in between each of the five main works. The excellent vocal soloists are drawn from the ranks of the choir. The singing and playing under Safari’s direction are immaculately polished and positively burst with exuberance. MDG provides its usual outstanding recorded sound and elaborate booklet in German, English, and French, albeit with the sung texts only in the original German and Latin. In sum, this is a stellar release and a sheer joy; enthusiastically recommended.”