Agree with what Mr Gogol writes here. It's truly brilliantly sung, with the Sixteen on wonderful form: the colouring of the voices is terrific and full of detail/clarity as well as commitment, often making us feel the strangeness of some of the sections. For me there's a contrast, though, between the chorus work and the recording of the instruments. The fiddles and some of the woodwind sound too often thin and weedy, and don't have to push or depth to really mix it with the chorus and the soloists. I can't tell if it's a problem with the playing or the recording, but the effect is a slight loss of power and crispness when the band is foregrounded. Overall, it's still an excellent buy, and quite without the awful, Anglican Cathedral style of some other English recordings of Bach.