This CD is a real tribute to the mastery of Johann Sebastian Bach. John Eliot Gardiner gives a crisp and brilliant interpretation, using period instruments, of the Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 and the virtuosistic cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" BWV 51. The Monteverdi Choir is just superb, fresh voices with the proper amount of balance and complete technical assurance; their performance make this difficult peace sound very easy. The soloists on the Magnificat (Nancy Argenta, Patrizia Kwella, Charles Brett, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson and David Thomas)are just fine, with voices that match very well the quality of the chorus. Then we also have on this recording the magnificent Emma Kirkby, bringing her best qualities to "Jauchzet". The freshness of her voice, united with her virtousistic flexibility, give great pleasure. She is definitely the best of all the singers of Early Music. Her greatness is complemented by the superb trumpet playing of Crispian Steele and again the conducting of Gardiner and the magnificent ensemble of the English Baroque Soloists. The sound is excellent, the performance stellar. What more to ask? Just buy it!