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American Record Guide, 01. September 1997
(...) For Berlin Hartmut Haenchen leads his CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra in the four orchestral works, plus the single-movement sinfonias taken from three sacred cantatas - far more interesting pieces than the concerto that fills the space for Sony. The Berlin collection is a stunning testimony to Wilhelm Friedemann's talents, and the performances are marked by a vitality and intensity that Lamon and her group quite lack. They treat these pieces as conventional late-baroque fare, and even go to the extreme of assigning the suite to an ensemble of six players. Above all, their period-instrument colors produce a wooly fluff that sounds spineless against the clear, strong, direct, well-balanced modern-instrument timbres of Haenchen's excellent band. (...)

John W. Barker