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alto party pieces,
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This review is from: J.S.Bach/Cantatas 54, 169, 170 - Kings Consort/Bowman (Audio CD)Time was, about 1954, when Alfred Deller's was the only male alto performance of these pieces (54 and 170), and despite his excrable German his account still spins well.But in recent years plenty of counter-tenors (and some ladies) have tackled them. James Bowman's version is later in his career, and the tendency to hoot has rather got to him. There are better counter-tenor versions (Scholl's, notably) and you might prefer Natalie Stutzman...