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To me, this recording (cut to vinyl in 1956, if memory serves) stands out as one of the genuinely major achievements in choral music. Okay, so I might be mildly biased, since I once sang with Shaw--but seriously, folks, this is a great, great recording. '56 was really very early in the 20th-century rediscovery of Bach. There were a few churches where you could hear him, and with luck you might find a few Landowska records at the library. But choral Bach recordings of quality were few and far between. Then, with mostly just research, great taste and a great love of and joy in Bach's music to go on, Robert Shaw made this stunningly beautiful, lively, deep, precise, _exciting_ recording, and things began to change. Buy it and see why. You'll thank me, I can almost promise.