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Lisa Batiashvili’s Bach

Joining the throng of recent Bach discs by A-list violinists is this one from Lisa Batiashvili. But whereas Janine Jansen mingled with her friends and Renaud Capuçon added Vasks to the mix, Batiashvili counterpoints JS Bach and his son CPE; and introduces her secret weapon: François Leleux, one of the world’s foremost oboists and her husband to boot.

The results are predictably classy: in the Adagio of the Double Concerto there’s a luxuriance in the unhurried unfolding of Bach’s sublime melodic lines. There are some nice add-ons, too: especially the arrangement of ‘Erbarme dich’ from the St Matthew Passion, with Leleux making a heartrending contribution on oboe d’amore.

It’s fairly unusual these days to hear CPE Bach played on such unashamedly modern instruments, the flute of Emmanuel Pahud being a case in point. But his beauteous sound would convert anyone and there’s great interplay between the musicians, the final Presto agile and graceful in equal measure.