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5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC RECORDING!!, 4 Mar 2005
This review is from: Bach: Cantatas, Vol 1 /Gardiner (Audio CD)
After numerous recordings of the Bach cantatas, I have definetely found my favourite. This is the first of 51 cds that will be released on the new Monteverdi Productions label. They are all live recordings performed on the sunday of the year for which they were written. There is a fantastic atmosphere and a unique live "nerve" in these performances. After hearing other versions by Herreweghe, Koopman, Suzuki etc. the choice is easy. The choir is AMAZING! I don't think that I have EVER heard the Monteverdi choir sing this brilliant and passionate. Naturally the concert form creates a more inspired atmosphere than the studio recording. The orchestra playing is also fantastic. Extra credit to Gardiner for using both harpsichord AND organ in these cantatas, something that is historically appropriate. Intonation and phrasing is superb. There is really nothing negative to say about the orchestra. The bass group could have needed one more cello and bass but it plays very well as it is. The soloists are top notch as well with the bass Henschel and the tenor Paul Agnew sticking out as the most extraordinary. The soprano and alto are also superb. Finally a recording that really stands out. These are some amazing performances by the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and John E. Gardiner. If you intend to hear all the Bach cantatas in your lifetime, this is the set to own!!
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