I am not familiar with Bach's prodigious output of choral music, but this splendid CD will surely be the first of many in my collection. Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads his English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir in a set of spellbinding performances of J. S. Bach's cantatas composed in honor of Advent. These are lyrical, vibrant performances from both the original instruments and the choir, with special note given to Nancy Argenta's silky phrasing. I have no doubt that these will be viewed as the definitive recordings of Bach's Advent cantatas. The sound quality is exceptional for an early 1990's recording. Fans of historically correct performances, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and of course, J. S. Bach, will not be disappointed with this CD.