Le Banquet Céleste, Damien Guillon - Bach: Cantates BWV 170 & 35 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 59:04 minutes | 1.20 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
It would be hard to conceive of more annoying graphic design that proffered on this release from the Zig Zag Territoires label, identified with a big "ZZT" (no, that's not an electric shock warning). There, however, the list of complaints pretty much ends. This little program of solo cantatas and organ works by countertenor Damien Guillon and his historical instrument group Le Banquet Céleste was beautifully recorded in a small Strasbourg church and it's an intimate gem. Front and center is Guillon's singing, which is sweet, nicely rounded in the high tones, and couched in an attitude of relaxed calm.