some people knock this ensemble because it experiments and isnt orthodox. im not one.
i love the idea of experimenting with baroque. i think its much the way that baroque artists actually wanted their music used. im all for it.
but that said, bachs music lends itself less well to experimentation than does vivaldis. as jarrouskky once said, vivaldi is like fireworks, like a champagne. bach is more mudular, steady and perhaps austere. also much of the music rendered here sounds decidedly better when done with orchestra, rather than just four musicians. and the recorder, which is used on almost all tracks, is again more of a tenor instrument in vivaldi than it is with bach. AND one last criticim: the sound on this cd is not top notch. that is perhaps what this unorthodox emsemble could affort.
but all of that said, this is fun, speedy, original and good in many ways. i enjoyed the album and certainly considered the money well spent. i just didn't get carried away like some of the other reviewers and i must say, that while the music is good, it certainly muns't "must be heard to be believed". it doesn't break the paradigm of speedy baroque recordings.