Richard Fairman
Financial Times
January 2017

In times past Bach’s solo cantatas tended to exude an aura of sanctified calm.

Counter-tenor Iestyn Davies and the period-instrument Arcangelo conducted by Jonathan Cohen find joyfulness, too, which takes wing wherever uplifting emotions beckon.

In the much-loved “Vergnügte Ruh” and “Ich habe genug”, the latter originally for bass, Davies is intently communicative with the words, though close mixing picks up some unevenness in the voice.

Arcangelo adds alternate versions of movements from two of the Brandenburg Concertos in exuberant performances.