Woodwinds were arrayed to either side, and the three trumpeters were thoroughly incorporated within the overall sound picture sometimes too much so, neutering their celebratory quality. There was a fulsome tone from orchestra and choir alike, the smoothness of the latter especially helped by having three countertenors among the four altos. In arias there was some gorgeous solo playing, particularly from flautist Patrick Beuckels in the second cantata, and oboist Marcel Ponseele in the first and third. Continuo players are rarely noted in reviews, but the recitative contributions of Ageet Zweistra, Miriam Shalinsky, and Maude Gratton were precise, and varied, drawing attention to harmonic shifts and at times wonderfully telling.
Sadly, the conducting and singing here was mixed.
Herreweghe brought his usual eye for details and unhurried approach to tempi, but the concert up to the sixth cantata was of curiously low-wattage. In general, though, this remained earthbound.
Kirche St.Jakob, Zurich, 2018-12-07
Young English tenor Thomas Hobbs was the star of our solo quartet. He seems a natural narrator, with a way with words that tells the story with nuance and colour without drawing attention to anything unnecessarily.
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