on April 24, 2002
I love this recording. Emma Kirkby's voice compensates for all other (slight) deficiencies. She is truly a great singer: vivacious, lively, energetic and lovely. Her tone is sweet and pure; it is as if this music was written for her. The other vocalists, with the exception of the Michael Chance (his voice is just not to my taste), shine almost as brightly. The instrumental soloists are delightful.
Hickox is not a favorite conductor of mine, but on this one he hits it. And the recording is great. The violins are clear; often on recordings like this the instruments are buried or muddy. Here they are strong without overwhelming. Good balance, good sound, good material, and an extraordinary soloist surrounded by excellent ones. A delight from beginning to end. Don't miss it.