|Comments:||Todd M. Billeci said:|
A deeply moving reading beautifully performed and recorded. Gardiner uses his usual period forces to great effect, as his orchestra does not eschew vibrato yet the texture remains transparent. This is apparent from the first chorus "Herr, unser Herrscher," in which passing dissonances appear and vanish from the contrapuntal fabric with striking clarity. Gardiner opted to use women in the choir and arias, which lends more musicality, as period performances using boys in this difficult repertoire often sound sophomoric to these ears. The caliber of the singing is second to none, notably in the haunting aria "Es ist vollbracht!" This is a disc to treasure.