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Capri­cor­nus Con­sort Basel/Peter Bar­czi ★★★★★ Christopho­rus CHR 77409

You’ll find Franz Xaver Richter (1709-89) in the his­tory books as a mem­ber of the 18th-cen­tury Mannheim School. But his mu­sic is a rar­ity in the con­cert hall, a sit­u­a­tion these highly per­sua­sive per­for­mances may well make you re­gret. The disc fea­tures three sinfonias, one of which con­cen­trates on Richter’s leg­endary con­tra­pun­tal skills. The two trio sonatas are more mu­si­cally ad­ven­tur­ous and happy to draw the bass line into the mu­si­cal dis­cus­sion. The Oboe Con­certo in G mi­nor (soloist Xe­nia Löf­fler) is highly en­gag­ing. The one to a part per­for­mances by Capri­cor­nus Con­sort Basel bring out the best in a com­poser whose work falls through the cracks be­tween the ma­jor move­ments of his time.

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