Retrospect Ensemble - Bach Oratorios - The Times

Get out your dancing shoes. Here's Bach's Easter Oratorio, pungent, brief and most uplifting of all Easter's musical memorials. It's performed with expressive British soloists and superbly nuanced playing from Matthew Halls's Retrospect Ensemble. The Ascension Oratorio follows, featuring eloquent singing from counter-tenor Iestyn Davies. Bach built both works out of the remains of previous pieces, but everything is transformed in glory by his genius. A disc to make your heart leap.

09 April 2011