Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, a collection of love songs grew up. Under the title of the “Most beautiful of songs”, they found a home in the Old Testament-it was Martin Luther who first gave them the name of “Song of songs”-and since that time they have inspired and fascinated a vast number of theologians, mystics, philosophers, poets, painters, and, last but not least, composers. Particularly during the Baroque period, these poetic, sensual, vividly descriptive texts were set over and over again to music, and they inspired librettists to expand on the original texts.
On this recording, The Netherlands Bach Society, led by conductor Jos van Veldhoven, explores some of these settings by four first-rate composers: J.C. Bach, H. Schültz, J.S.Bach, and Georg Böhm.
Reviews...the singing is first-rate, and if anything the instrumental playing - both solo and ensemble - is even more impressive, absolutely superb throughout the entire program. And as we've come to expect, Channel Classics' sound is demonstration-quality in all formats. Baroque-music fans will find much to enjoy on this well-chosen program of rare and very worthy repertoire - a real treat, especially for the two Bach works! -Classics Today