Ever since I acquired Cantus Colln's Early Bach Cantatas CD with Actus Tragicus, Christ LAg in Todesbanden, etc., I have been totally over awed by their approach to the OVPP. A big fan of the practice myself, I am now completely over whelmed by this Mass rendition. Even if you are unsure about the OVPP practice, and your main concern is that, despite the gorgeous clarity and intonation the practice affords, some sections will not sound "full" enough without a chorus- banish all fears and buy this CD. The marvelous recording and engineering of this recording is magical, and the sound is impressively huge. I was initially shocked at the attention the low-end receives, but it never interferes with the delicate textures, or the overall balance. I am the biggest fan of clarity and purity, and volume and presence are of less concern to me- but even I was satisfied and not troubled by this incredibly fat bottom-end.
Also wonderful is the detailed performance notes! For once, the record label has heard our voice and has exquisitely detailed the EXACT performers for each section of the Mass, right down to the bar-numbers for solos within movements!!!! Thank you, Jesus!
Artistically, old Konrad has nailed just about everything spot-on for my nickel, and I love the refreshingly suprising tempos, particularly the 7 part accompanied Credo fugue, Gratias, and Sanctus. They make all other recordings sound six-feet under in these sections, by comparison. This is truly a Mass rendition for the living, not the dead!!!!!!!!