This ninth release (volume 7) of JS Bach's Cantatas performed by the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloist and directed by John Eliot Gardiner is filled with Cantatas that are supplicant (especially on the first disc) and filled with praise and adoration (especially on the second disc). These cantatas are filled with Trumpet fanfares and drums and they are very uplifting especially as performed by the aforesaid forces.
Per usual, the works in Volume Seven are performed by Gardiner and his forces magnificently! Listen to the opening chorus of BWV 78 on the first disc and the Choral "Ach Herr, lass deir lieb" on the second disc--glorious! The orchestra and chorus are wonderful. Again, I was very much impressed with the soloist too.
Malin Hartelius, soprano, posses a sweet clear and very flexible voice. Listen to her aria on the second disc, tract 18. She is also great in the rather familiar duet with alto "Wir elin mit schwachen" tract 8, first disc. Tenor, James Gilchrist, once again is most impressive. He displays a wonderful legato in his aria in the first disc tract 10 and his virtuosity is astounding in tract 6 of the second disc. Bass Peter Harvey sings with a full, rich and flexible voice. His aria on tract 16 of the second disc is most impressive.
In conclusion, Volume Seven is a most impressive release. I continue my adoration of Gardiner's "Bach Pilgrimage" and I DO look forward to future releases.