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Schütz was credited with bringing the Italian style to German musicians (my, how they ran with it) and here are some of the next generation, all born in the 17th century but maturing in the 18th, gathered together in Spirito Italiano – Italian Style in German Baroque by Musica Fiorita, directed by Daniela Dolci. This original programme, joy from end to end, finds three instrumental works by Fasch, Stölzel, and Molter alternating with three choral works. Molter’s cantata In Jesu heilig’ und Geliebte for the third day of Christmas takes centre-stage, and the wonderful oboe and violin obbligato gilding the tenor aria is a glorious stand- out moment. A Kyrie in D major by Hasse is unrepentantly assured in character, and the disc finale, a Te Deum by Niccolò Jommelli, makes one want to jump up and dance, even in the slow and stately passages. In lively, translucent acoustics it all delivers listening pleasure of the highest order, crowned by exceptionally vivid choral singing (no technical compromises here) as the aptly named Dolci crafts elegant phrasing, uplifting as a good tiramisu: mascarpone and caffeine with an intoxicating vein of marsala wine.

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