CDs / DVDs, 19. Mai 2014
So surely that is good grounds for a special concert on the great composer's birthday at which his full‐length Passion Cantata Die letzten Leiden des Erlösers was performed in Berlin's Konzerthaus. Played under the baton of Hartmut Haenchen by the CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra and sung by the RIAS Chamber Choir and famous soloists, it was an impressive occasion featuring poignant music that has no need of the usual branding and is ready for release before Easter as a live recording on two CDs. The concert is also noteworthy for the fact that it was one of the last opportunities to hear the legendary chamber orchestra play the music of their patron live, since on May 1 it will take its leave of the music world with a concert of works by Mozart and then disband. This is a sad loss and means that we will in future have to resort to CDs in order to hear this ensemble and its conductor.

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