|Andrew Smith said:|
These are beautiful light-textured and sensitive performances on period instruments, perfectly recorded with transparently clear digital sound. They are a real thrill to listen to.
But for me the disc is marred by what seems to be a dreadful lapse of taste in the interpretation of the Andante (2nd movement) of BWV1058. This movement is characterised by a heavily accented string accompaniment to the harpsichord in the form of tutti chords from the string orchestra. But Hogwood grotesquely exaggerates the emphasis, making the accompaniment into a series of aggressive staccato blasts. The little introductory cadences remind me more than anything else of that moment of anticipatory breath-holding immediately before a massive sneeze !
If you feel tempted to buy this disc, make sure you listen to this movement (track 11) to make sure it is to your liking.