In what I believe is the twenty-sixth (26th) release of John Eliot Gardiner's complete recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach's complete known scared cantatas, this Volume twelve (12) finds Gardner and his forces (The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, plus individual soloists) to be, per usual, in splendid form performing dear ole JS wonderfully.
The Cantatas on the first disc of this two disc set of Volume 12 were written for the twenty-second Sunday after Trinity. I found these four (4) Cantatas on this disc to be rather plaintive sounding but lovely. Just listen to the lovely solo for soprano on tract fifteen (15) of disc one (1). The soloist, Joanne Lunn sings this aria just beautifully. Once again I am very impressed with Tenor, James Gilchrist who does some outstanding singing on the first disc. Listen to him sing the tenor solo cantata "Ich armer Mensch , ich Sundenknecht, BMV 55--truly lovely. In fact, all of the soloist and Gardiner acquit themselves marvelously on this disc one (1).
With a different set of soloist, the Cantatas on the second disc were written for the twenty-third (23rd) Sunday after Trinity. To me, this set of Cantatas sound more hopeful. This set of works contains the familiar Cantata "Wachet auf, BMV 140. It is indeed wonderful. Just listen to the "jazzy" duet for soprano and bass on tract twenty-one (21). On this disc too all are in fine form delivering Bach's music gloriously.