4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2000
I don't know what it is about Herreweghe and Bach - it's a combination which never ceases to amaze me. The interpretation of these cantatas, for example, is dramatic, deep and above all profoundly moving yet never descends into melodrama. The tone, as in all of Herreweghe's performances, is one that conjures up feelings of darkness (compare his Purcell anthems to those of Robert King on Hyperion or Simon Preston on Archiv - positively pitch black in comparison!). The performers handle themselves with dignity and flair, with Peter Kooy standing out (as usual) as the jewel in the crown. Charles Brett's interpretation is at times a little woolly, but he can be forgiven when you consider the technical difficulties of the line. The Paris Chapelle Royale Orchestra is excellent, as is the chorus - coping splendidly with the polyphony.
An extremely rich disk - definitely recommended.