Hans-Joachim Schulze has argued that Bach wanted his music to be performed by large forces, and therefore performances with sharply downsized, even so-called soloistic ensembles misrepresent the composer's intentions. A review of the matter, however, shows that Schulze has misread, and even misrepresented, the relevant evidence, and that Bach's preferences indicate a far more varied picture than Schulze would allow.
"More (and Less) on Bach's Orchestra,"
Performance Practice Review:
1, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/ppr/vol4/iss1/2