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Performer: Thomas Hobbs

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ParisRaphaël Pichon & St Matthew Passion

Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Raphaël Pichon; Ensemble Pygmalion; Maîtrise de Radio France; Julian Prégardien; Stéphane Degout

ParisWilliam Christie conducts Bach

Bach
Les Arts Florissants; William Christie; Rachel Redmond; Gwendoline Blondeel; Damien Guillon; Thomas Hobbs
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NaardenJ. S. Bach - Magnificat BWV 243

Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV243
Jos van Veldhoven; The Netherlands Bach Society; Julia Doyle; Hana Blažíková; Maarten Engeltjes

NaardenJ. S. Bach - Mass in B minor BWV 232

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
Jos van Veldhoven; The Netherlands Bach Society; Hana Blažíková; Anna Reinhold; David Erler
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Herreweghe achieves purity and unity in Bach's Mass in B minor

Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent © Rudy Carlier
There are multiple ways of approaching Bach's Mass in B minor, from the one-to-a-part advocated by Joshua Rifkin to a more conventional large choral approach, and everything in between.
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No ordinary Messiah at the Barbican

Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
Superlative musicianship and extravagant detailing from the force-of-nature that is Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music 
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AAM tackle Monteverdi

Robert Howarth © Robert Workman
Sublime orchestral playing and stellar soloists don't quite make up for a lacklustre performance by the Academy's choir in Monteverdi's moving work
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Bach to basics at Bachfest Leipzig

John Butt conducts the Dunedin Consort in Leipzig © Bachfest Leipzig | Gert Mothes
Three concerts over one day at the opening weekend of Bachfest Leipzig combined Bach’s music with that of composers from Rachmaninov to Sibelius, but nothing matches the unrivalled bliss of Bach’s own music performed with total conviction.
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Feel-good factor Creation from Norrington and LPO

Sir Roger Norrington © Alberto Venzago
At 82, Sir Roger Norrington may have slowed down his conducting career but I’m very pleased to report that he still loves stirring things up at his concerts.
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Ravishing Bach at St John’s with the OAE

Bach: Sacred and Secular became the focus for a creative partnership between Bach scholar John Butt and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
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