|Todd M. Billeci said:|
Christophe Coin was a student of Harnoncourt & Savall & is the cellist in Quatuor Mosaïques. This is the only Bach from him I've heard & it's excellent.
The violoncello piccolo Coin plays is richly-toned, and sings out during arias, accompanying the solo voice. Bach scores the vc piccolo with each of soprano, alto, tenor & bass soloists at one time or another, so there's interesting variety.
The entire ensemble is placed up in an organ loft flanking the organ & microphoned from below, affording an unusual sound & some fun stereo effects. The fine Silbermann organ used throughout is tuned at a'=460, but the organist transposes down a tone. Coin cites that this was common practice in JSB's days.
Another interesting feature of the set is use of male countertenor Andreas Scholl as alto soloist. He's outstanding.
There's enough variety, in the music and in the unusual period instruments used, I suggest getting the 3 CD set if you can, rather than picking through the CDs individually. Warning: there are authentic period brass instruments used in a couple of tracks. These instruments have intonation problems.