Les Muffatti – Bart Naessens music director – Tomás Král baritone – Caroline Weynants soprano – Benoît Laurent oboe – Rachael Beesley first violin
Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen (Kantate, BWV 32) Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite for orchestra no. 3, BWV 1068 Johann Sebastian Bach
Wo willst du hin betrübte Seele, GWV 1155/09a Christoph Graupner
Oboe Concerto, GWV 324 Christoph Graupner
What if … Mendelssohn hadn’t dusted off Bach’s St Matthew Passion, but the work of contemporary Johann Christoph Graupner? The appointment of a new Thomaskantor in Leipzig meant Graupner was now valued more highly than Bach! The Brussels Baroque ensemble Les Muffatti demonstrates that the composers are of equal artistic merit. Oboist Benoît flourishes in Graupner’s oboe concerto but also in Bach’s aria, Liebster Jesu. Caroline Weynants’ delightfully warm voice and the dulcet tones of baritone Tomáš Král really bring these cantata-arias to life.