Sorry for the delay – been travelling a bit, and no internet connection.
As usual, I don’t have one favourite recording, but this one comes pretty close:
It’s a DVD recorded live in the St. Thomaskirche. Very sensitive, unfussy, unexaggerated. (Unlike Gardiner – again as usual, he doesn’t work for me.) The tempos of the virtuoso fast choruses are maybe a bit ambitious for us, though… in which case this 1959 recording is worth a listen – for the choruses only though!
Choir and orchestra both too big, but very devotional, grandiose. The Et expecto is actually faster than Gardiner… the Patrem omnipotentem is too slow, but the other “fast” choruses ok for tempo. Don’t listen to the solo numbers! or do, but only if you enjoy schmaltz in Bach.
But that Blomstedt DVD is really a must – one of the most beautiful performances of Bach I’ve ever heard.
Happy to correspond with you about specific details whenever you want.
All the best,