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Johann Sebastian Bach

Netherlands Bach Society

Hohe Messe / Mass in B Minor BWV 232

  • Type SACD
  • Label Channel Classics
  • UPC 0723385250074
  • Catalog number CCSSA 25007
  • Release date 07 December 2006
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About the album

From the moment that a decision was made to record Bach's Mass in b minor, it was clear tome that the scoring would have to be small-scale. After our successful and highly-praised recording of the St.John Passion in 2004-in which a small group of singcrs performed both the solo parts and the chorus parts there was really no way back. We had come to know a new kind of collaboration between instrumentalists and singers, which gave us an ideal foundation for the interpretation of Bach's music and led to deeply expressive performances. Together, we discovered a new definition for the word 'choir'. But at the same time, the Mass in b minor is a large-scale score: Bach, in his last completed work, demanded every possible performing force available to him. For example, in this unique and incomparable score, he used nearly every imaginable combination of voices and virtually the entire spectrum of instrumentation of his day. The enormous wealth of genres and structures is dazzling for the listener: timeless polyphony, fugues, canrus-firmus techniques, polychoral work, vocal and instrumental concern, concern for groups of instruments, concern grossi, osninani, solo arias and duets - in scorings from three to seven voices and in remarkably varied combinations-and choruses ranging from four to eight parts. It is certain that Bach never performed his masterpiece in complete form, and it remains unclear for what purpose or occasion he composed it. The beautiful autograph score remains a closed book in many respects: it contains hardly any tempo indications or dynamic signs. The movements are simply called Kyrie, Gloria, or Agnus Dci. All of the parts of the enormous score indicate one-on-a-part settings for instrumentalists or singers. Nowhere does Bach give suggestions for how to score the continuo. Is it written for soloists, or is Bach writing for a 'real' chorus? How large should the string groups be, and is variable scoring another option?

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    Mass in B Minor Kyrie eleison
     
    10:42
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    Mass in B Minor Christe eleison
     
    05:01
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    Mass in B Minor Kyrie eleison
     
    03:42
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    Mass in B Minor Gloria in excelsis
     
    01:35
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    Mass in B Minor Et in terra pax
     
    04:23
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    Mass in B Minor Laudamus te
     
    03:58
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    Mass in B Minor Gratias agimus tibi
     
    02:41
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    Mass in B Minor Domine Deus
     
    05:26
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    Mass in B Minor Qui tollis peccata mundi
     
    03:06
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    Mass in B Minor Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
     
    04:18
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    Mass in B Minor Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
     
    04:35
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    Mass in B Minor Cum Sancto Spiritu
     
    03:32
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    Mass in B Minor Credo in unum Deum
     
    01:55
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    Mass in B Minor Patrem omnipotentem
     
    01:52
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    Mass in B Minor Et in unum Dominum
     
    04:39
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    Mass in B Minor Et incarnatus est
     
    03:03
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    Mass in B Minor Crucifixus
     
    03:21
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    Mass in B Minor Et resurrexit
     
    03:36
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    Mass in B Minor Et in Spiritum Sanctum
     
    05:20
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    Mass in B Minor Confiteor
     
    04:10
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    Mass in B Minor Et expecto resurrectionem
     
    02:03
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    Mass in B Minor Sanctus
     
    04:47
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    Mass in B Minor Osanna in excelsis
     
    02:22
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    Mass in B Minor Benedictus, qui venit
     
    04:28
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    Mass in B Minor Osanna in excelsis
     
    02:25
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    Mass in B Minor Agnus Dei
     
    05:11
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    Mass in B Minor Dona nobis pacem
     
    03:10

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