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The musicians of Parnassi musici, playing on period instruments, are excellent: Margaret MacDuffie and Matthias Fischer (violins), Matthias Müller (viola da gamba), Hubert Hoffmann (archlute) and Helene Lerch at the organ or harpsichord. They play the music with spirit, style and feeling and altogether do a beautiful job. I especially enjoyed the fine, Corellian virtuoso violin passages in the Sonata Decima (track 10), and the extremely attractive Sonata Terza (3) ending in a delightful Ciacconetta; this latter work also appears on another Krieger disc which I'll come back to in a moment. But in truth all of these sonatas are lovely, with sprightly contrapuntal allegros, graceful adagios over a walking bass, and fine catchy melodies everywhere.
Undoubtedly J. P. Krieger was, by the standards of the 'big four' baroque figures mentioned above, a minor master, but his music is so graceful, so beautifully crafted, and so finely performed here, that it fully justifies a 5-star verdict. If you want to explore his music further, the secular vocal music is also well worth investigating; my favourite among the discs I know so far is a glorious pasticcio of opera extracts, Johann Philipp Krieger-Lieben Und Geliebet Werden, which also includes a few instrumental pieces including the Sonata Terza mentioned above. But its highlight, for me, is a stunning soprano rendition of the exquisitely sad aria 'Einsamkeit, du Qual der Hertzen' (solitude, you tormentor of hearts); it's about a century ahead of its time, sounding as if it belongs in the Romantic period or, at the very least, the Sturm und Drang; no wonder Andreas Scholl includes it in a fine baroque recital disc Andreas Scholl: German Baroque Songs. One way or another, baroque enthusiasts shouldn't live without it!