J.c. Bach: Gloria In Excelsis, W. E4
Vilamajo, Lluis; Holzl, Barbara; Kuijken, Wieland; Gabail, Valérie; Chœur de Chambre de Namur; Les Agrémens; MacLeod, Stephan
The majority of the sacred music of Johann Christian Bach, the youngest of the sons of J.S. Bach, was written during the time that he was organist of Milan Cathedral. This album includes first recordings of three sections of the Mass, one of these being a large-scale setting of the Gloria in which the music for the solo voices attains an almost operatic quality. The orchestral writing is also particularly brilliant and has already a classical sonority as well as passages in true concertante style. Four soloists perform here, alongside the Choeur de Chambre de Namur and Les Agremens, Les Agremens, founded in 1995 in Belgium, was created by the Namur Chamber Choir to provide them with the support of a reliable, competent partner for their own Baroque music productions.