... but 4 stars because I'd have liked to hear the final result! However, that probably isn't possible because, unlike the Cantata Pilgrimage performances, this was a studio recording. Nevertheless, you do get decent chunks of music, not to mention Gardiner's take on Bach and how he should be performed. Gardiner has a reputation as somewhat of a tartar to work for - he is a stickler for the tiniest detail, he wants what he wants, he wants it perfect and he wants it NOW. Nevertheless, it's interesting to see in the Monteverdi Choir faces from the famous San Marco Monteverdi Vespers recording of the late 1980s - he clearly inspires loyalty among his choir, even if not from Mark Bennett his lead trumpeter! One gets a glimpse into the world of a great musician and some insight into what makes such people tick. I am collecting the Cantata Pilgrimage series on Gardiner's own SDG label (SDG = Soli Deo Gloria (to the glory of God alone, how Bach signed his cantata scores), and not apparently "Sod Deutsche Grammophon" (which refused to release the whole series)). After this, I'll appreciate them that much more.