And now I have heard them live too, Suzuki's Bach Collegium. The first word that came up was 'light', featherlight, sunlight, as light as open weave silk, translucently light. Each single instrument , each single voice in the sphere of its own sound, but no individualists. Suzuki creates and maintains the harmony of spheres. I cannot remember the names of the superb musicians, but will never forget Hana Blazikova's voice. Beautifully long tones without vibrato or with a tiny vibrato at the end, however, hardly noticeable then. For such a long time I have been looking for singer who have that ability. It reminds me of young Ella Fitzgerald or Barbara.
Compared to Suzuki's style the traditional German interpretations I know sound like carpenters, expert carpenters yes, but carpenters that need force to get the nails in the right place. Suzuki plays Bach the way I love Him: never heavily sad, never zum Tode betrübt, no prostrate lament, never dragging, but LIGHTLY swinging, LIGHTLY tiptoeing, with a LIGHT sniff or a LIGHT cheer. More so than Kuijken or Koopman.