LABELS: Arthaus Musik
WORKS: Live concert from Leipzig,
PERFORMER: Soloists; St Thomas’s Choir, Leipzig, Gewandhaus Orchestra/Blomstedt
CATALOGUE NO: 100038……….#D27
There is some music — like the Bach Toccata on the LEIPZIG disc-that does benefit from the visual aspect. Apart from page-turners, who ever has the opportunity to see an organist’s hands and feet in action?
Arthaus has chosen some photogenic venues: the shots of the St Nicholas church might perhaps distract the viewer from the fact that the St Thomas’s Choir sounds rather breathy and laboured in Bach’s ‘Fiirchte dich nicht’, and that Viktoria Mullova’s careful rendition of Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No. 2 suffers somewhat from the very resonant acoustic.