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Expectations are high for this release, as assembled here are world-class soloists, a fine period orchestra and the choral group Polyphony all under the baton of Stephen Layton. The performance does not disappoint in any way: in fact, I predict it will prove to be one of the outstanding CDs of 2013. Layton and his performers breathe such life and understanding into the Neue Bach-Ausgabe score, it left me either exhilarated or close to tears. This excellent recording reveals with clarity all the intricate part-writing. There have been many recordings of this exquisite work of Bach – this is one to cherish.

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