If Energy is Eternal Delight, these recordings must come with the imprimatur of Paradise. No wonder the bean-counters at Deutsche Grammophon gave the `double-tap' to Jeggy's Pilgrimage Project: the latter are good-enough concert performances; the Suzuki is touched by distinction and the market has responded accordingly. And `Energy' is not synonymous with Jeggy's infamous jauntiness. It's an investiture of poise and stillness, grandeur and breadth into these marvellous scores. Equally, these Japanese performances offer a portal into the realm of the spirit that Mr Bouncy has little if any introit. Clipped phrasing is minimal and the music is allowed to billow out as it should.
The singers are excellent - and here was an instance where I was not throwing a protective hand over my own crown jewels: the counter-tenor Yoshikazu Mera has a sumptuous, natural timbre that does not bring secateurs to mind.
Hearing the Crucifixus of the B Minor Mass in its original guise is probably the highlight of the disc but one could also argue for `Jesu deine Passion' in BWV 182 whose fugal clockwork brings a planetary system to mind.
The recording is stellar. Buy with confidence. Amen.