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Fanfare Magazine: 43:1 (09-10/2019) 
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Reviewer: James A. Altena

At age 83 when he led this recording, onetime tenor turned conductor Peter Schreier is still going strong. If the merits of this performance extended beyond his stylish leadership of the chorus (9/6/6/9 in strength) and instrumentalists (a period ensemble, 20 members strong) from the podium, this would be a strong contender among the many recordings of this work. Alas, the results are done in by several sub-standard soloists. The Jesus of Egbert Junghanns is particularly unpleasant, being hollow, woofy, and unsteady of voice. Patrick Grahl in the tenor solos has a strained voice and hectors. Soprano Viktoria Wilson (a bit hooty in her top notes) and bass Lars Conrad (a touch too gruff) are capable but not outstanding; only tenor Martin Petzold as the Evangelist and alto soloist Marie Henriette Reinhold attract attention for superior contributions. The recorded sound is good, and the booklet provides a complete German-English libretto in an outer slipcase that holds it with a slimline dual CD case. There are simply too many superior alternatives available to give this release further consideration; see the Fanfare Archive for various recommendations, including my review in 39:2 of the Proprius set led by Gary Graden that made my 2015 Want List.

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