"...The Sixteen is in fact an eight for this recording, and Harry Christophers’ decision to reduce his forces rewards the listener with lightness, precision and an essentially perfect blend. The orchestra are excellent, and the solos are shared equaly among the voices of the choir. Perhaps it was necessary to sacrifice weight of sound for agility - the calm of the coloratura is remarkable... this is a fine disc and highly recommended." ****
Nicholas Brown - Early Music Today magazine - March-May 2014
"... these performances come very close to what one imagines the actual sound of liturgical performance in 18th-century Leipzig might have been. Intimacy and clarity lay bare the genius of a composer who could combine intricacy and directness in one gesture ..." ***** Rebecca Tavener
"...The beautiful period-instrument ensemble accompanies eight fine singers who sing both the choruses and the solos in this charming chambe-like performance." ***** David Ponsford
Choir & Organ magazine - Jauary/February 2014
"... Both performances and the recorded sound are clear and crisp ... The Sixteen’s singers aquit themselves superbly and, particularly impressive, throw off the exacting passagework in fast movements with crystalline sparkle ... a very successful disc..."
Peter Lynan - International Record Review - January 2014
Performance **** Recording ****
"... Christopher’s customary precision and gracefulness are evident throughout.
Paul Riley - BBC Music Magazine - January 2014
"... the freshness, agility and precision of the performances, animated by Christophers’s buoyant direction, are a constant pleasure ..."
Richard Wigmore - Gramophone magazine - December 2013
Claudio Bolzan - Musica magazine (Italy) - November 2013
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