I had the opportunity to give this BAL another listen. Yes I agree it was a pity there was no consideration at all of non-HIPP recordings. But otherwise I thought it an excellent survey, and the balance between new releases and earlier recordings well judged. The extracts were illuminating and SH's comments thought provoking. I thought it was rather cruel to follow Ruth Holton's impeccable solo for JEG with the named treble from the New College recording - on his own terms, on relistening, he was jolly good and reminded me of the better trebles used in the Leonhardt-Harnoncourt cantata series. My wish to sample the new Pierlot performance is redoubled. Lovely soprano soloist there.
And above all, SH repeatedly articulated my own reservations about JEG's approach to this and similar works. Preferring other versions to JEG, SH talked of preferring 'humility to hubris', 'thoughtfulness to theatricality'... I couldn't agree more (He used another interesting word about the JEG approach: "drilled" - nicely ambiguous word conveying the immaculate technical discipline but also the hard-edged aspect which I find a turn-off. He also called it 'attention-seeking' which I also think is fair comment.)