My previous favorite of this gorgeous piece was the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson recording, and nothing can replace her once-in-a-lifetime interpretation. But this recording adds an energy and liveliness that is too often neglected in Bach and is what makes his music - even at its seemingly most tragic - so inspiring. I was never a particular fan of original instruments, but this group is incredible. It plays music that can easily drag or become lugubrious with a lilting, almost dance-like quality. I'm not sure if this is due to a different view of the music or to the physical characteristics of original instruments, or both. All I know is that when Matthew White sings "Ich Habe Genug," there is an optimism and poignancy to the statement that other interpretations lack - the light shines clearly through the darkness. Considering Bach's religious outlook, I think this is important, and it makes me turn to this recording over and over.