Enter Ton Koopman, his (HIP) recordings are not thin, not speeding, not obviously moving out of tune (like the early HIPster recordings) and not conclusive/strict like Gardiner or dull and melodramatic like Herreweghe. Koopman is very inspired and truly festive, he also is the teacher of Suzuki. It is actually wonderful to hear Bach played as it is fun and a celebration of our existence.Thank you. I will still give it a listen. There are some whom I believe do a good job of not going overboard on the HIP stringency such as Trevor Pinnock. Most of what he does in the baroque I find rather good. Often excellent.
That's fine. That's what makes a ball game. We all like what we like. For me, it's not so much the actual performance of a HIP, it's the "cult-like" mentality that "IT HAS TO BE DONE ON HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS AND TUNED TO HISTORICAL TONES IN ORDER TO HAVE ANY VALUE WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" mentality that drives me nuts. I know that there are those who aren't that militant about HIP, but I have met more than my fair share that are that vehement about it.
To each his own.
Traditional Bach (like Karajan/Klemperer and the old school) sounds obese, like watching a turtle dance. No oxygen, no energy, like swimming in the mud or slowly drowning in quicksand. I truly can't listen to it.
Indeed, to each his own: