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‘Fear not...’ The Angel’s words to the shepherds suggest the daring premise of this recording, which, for Ricercar’s fortieth anniversary, enriches in highly original fashion the series dedicated to the discovery of early instruments and their repertory. The cover illustration, depicting two angels playing the bass shawm and the bassoon, perfectly portrays the subject of this disc devoted to the original repertories written for the two instruments in seventeenth-century Germany, whether it be the ceremonial music of the Stadtpfeifer (town musicians), chamber music or even sacred compositions. 

"The Ricercar label celebrates its 40th birthday this year and has not taken any wrinkles so it continues to surprise with unpublished repertoire, refresh our ears of new sound. And if there is a convincing example of his perpetual youth, it is in my opinion this beautiful album devoted to the ancestors of bassoons and oboes (bombards), to these old families of double-reed instruments thanks to works only by German Renaissance and Baroque composers."
Passion, Musique et Culture