Disc of the Week, BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 – CD Review, disc of the week

Andrew McGregor

My disc of the Week follows the trend of beginning to think about Christmas before we’ve even made it as far as Halloween or bonfire night. It isn’t our fault though this time I promise – what else are we supposed to do when a new recording is released of the kind of quality as this new one from the Dunedin Consort, in which their music director John Butt reconstructs for us the kind of sounds you might have heard when Bach celebrated his first Christmas day vespers in Leipzig in 1723…It’s an absolute joy – far too good to keep for Christmas although if I have my way I’ll be reliving Bach’s first Leipzig Christmas somewhere in London on the 25th of December thanks to this fine new recording.