Bach: Mass in B minor

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Bach's "Mass in B minor, BWV 232," received performances from all the heavyweights of the historical-instrument movement between the 1980s and the early 2000s, and there is no "standard" performance. Even more so than usual with the mighty but protean Bach, how you perform this work depends on how you think about it. Some consider it the apex of Bach's choral music, while for others it's merely a pastiche of preexisting Bach pieces and may not even have been intended as an integral work. This recording, the first of two made by Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Ghent, was recorded in 1988 and appeared the following year. Its reissue in 2010 at...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Bach's "Mass in B minor, BWV 232," received performances from all the heavyweights of the historical-instrument movement between the 1980s and the early 2000s, and there is no "standard" performance. Even more so than usual with the mighty but protean Bach, how you perform this work depends on how you think about it. Some consider it the apex of Bach's choral music, while for others it's merely a pastiche of preexisting Bach pieces and may not even have been intended as an integral work. This recording, the first of two made by Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Ghent, was recorded in 1988 and appeared the following year. Its reissue in 2010 at a budget price as low as U.S. $7.99 may make it the version of choice for a sheer cost/benefit consideration. If you had to choose a single word for the performance, that word might be "delicate." With its smooth lines and blend, it's not a recording that aggressively proclaims its origins in the historical-performance movement; Herreweghe's approach is clean and quietly lyrical. He's aided by some wonderful soloists -- especially countertenor Charles Brett hear the "Qui tollis" on disc 2 and tenor Howard Crook -- who grasp the dimensions he is trying to establish and turn in marvelously expressive performances on a small scale. If you're looking for the glittering, exactingly sculpted counterpoint of Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan, the sheer virtuosity of Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra who share the fine soprano Barbara Schlick with this release, or the humanistic if it's permitted to use that word in connection with Bach warmth of John Eliot Gardiner, you may find this underpowered. On the other hand, you may find that all of those yield to this one in its mixture of beauty and control. You pay your money very little in the case of the reissue, and you take your choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Erato
  • EAN: 5099969319723
  • Catalog Number: 93197
  • Sales rank: 128,914

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Charles Brett (106:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Philippe Herreweghe Primary Artist
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