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Ottawa Bach Choir
Latest CD is now available. Review on March 27 2019 noted below.
‘Dixit Dominus’ – Handel
‘Komm Jesu, komm’ – Bach
‘Cantiones Sacrae’ – Schütz
On the ATMA Classique label
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March 27, 2019
The Ottawa Bach Choir and Ensemble Caprice join forces in this recording for thrilling performances of Baroque masters Handel, Bach and Schutz. From the outset of Dixit Dominus, the quick pace and precision with which the chorus deftly moves through Handel’s ever-running and cascading phrases is aweinspiring. Daniel Taylor guests for the alto aria Virgam virtutis in which the interplay between his golden voice and the continuo instruments is sublime. Soprano Kathleen Radke maintains a wonderfully relaxed vocal line through the execution of elaborate lines in Tecum principium in die virtutis and later she and Kayla Ruiz create enchanting chemistry in the soaring duet De torrente in via bibet.
Looking back almost a century, next on the recording are rarely heard Passion Motets from Heinrich Schutz’s Cantiones Sacrae. Heavily influenced by Italian madrigals of the time, Lisette Canton coaxes the full anguish of the thematic material from the choir in emphasizing dissonances and highly expressive rhetoric. The recording ends with homage to the choir’s eponym. In Bach’s Komm, Jesu, komm, excellent recording technique and choice of venue shine through, with a lovely resonance from the start and an erudite interchange captured in the dialogue of a choir divided into two sections by the composer.
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Kathleen is a soprano soloist in Handel’s Dixit Dominus on the OBC’s CD noted above. As well, Kathleen is one of the featured soloists on the Ottawa Bach Choir’s recent Juno nominated Christmas CD ‘TWAS BUT PURE LOVE Christmas CD, Lisette Canton, conductor ; and the soprano soloist on the choir’s previous exceedingly popular A CHRISTMAS STORY with harpist Caroline Léonardelli, the women of the Ottawa Bach Choir, Lisette Canton, conductor; and one of the soloists on the OBC’s Cantate Domino CD in the exquisite Beatus Vir and Lux Aurumque. Kathleen is also the voice of Tosca in the computer animated short “Vissi d’arte”. Sponsored by Bravofact/NFB and created by Black Cherry Digital Media, the animated short has been shown on Bravo TV and at festivals in Ottawa, Italy and Japan.
“Soprano Kathleen Radke sang the solo cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 beautifully. She has such a smooth and lovely voice that it would have been worth going to the concert just to hear her… she’s got what it takes. Richard Todd, music critic, Ottawa Citizen