...and what a great journey it has been. A wonderful voyage of discovery through a corpus of music that is relatively unknown and which has so many gems. Paradoxically, this, the last release in the Pilgrimage Series, was the first to be recorded, in Weimar at Christmas 1999. As a result, part of it shares the all-star cast that made Gardiner's brilliant Christmas Oratorio DVD in the Herderkirche, Weimar, including the great soprano-alto duo of Claron McFadden and Bernarda Fink. The highlights here are the marvellous BWV63 "Christen, äztet diesen Tag" and BWV65 "Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen", but the others also receive great performances.
Did you ever think of Jesus as a groover? Just listen to the gorgeous duet "Nun verschwinden alle Plagen" in BWV 32 "Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen" of the soul and Jesus (respectively Magdalena Kozena and Peter Harvey), and if you can sit still and not tap your toes or sway along, have a friend check you for a pulse.
So (sniff) what am I going to buy now? The good news is that the missing stuff, such as BWV11 ("Lobet Gott in seinem Reichen" aka the Ascension Oratorio, numbered in the cantata sequence, but generally not regarded as one) will be recorded. Moreover, that corking Christmas Oratorio will appear on CD. Please join the queue (the one forming behind me).