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Bach: Mass in B minor (Cappella Amsterdam; Orchestra of the 18th Century / Frans Brüggen) Double CD

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  • Conductor: Frans Bruggen
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Glossa
  • ASIN: B0038ZGLK2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 - Various Performers

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20 years after the Orchestra of the 18th Century s first engagement on tour with Bach s Mass in B minor, a work which has for so long captivated the inquiring mind and interpretative insight of Frans Brüggen, a new tour was conceived through which to provide a fresh view of the piece. Setting down a recorded view during tours has always been key to this orchestra s musical expression and last year the opportunity was taken at an exciting concert in the Polish capital of Warsaw: a city and a country with whom director and orchestra have long and treasured memories. Accompanying the CD set is a booklet essay from David Vickers which provides a scholarly and eminently-readable account of the social as well as the musical background to the composition of the individual parts of a piece whose unity has provided the world with one of its greatest works of musical art. This new recording is more than a 20th anniversary celebration, reflecting as it does Frans Brüggen s lifelong desire to understand and project the work of J.S. Bach.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2013
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Original instrument performance with a honey sweet tone of sublime perfection at every level, perfect tempos, exquisite dynamic choral movements, beautifully shaped arias, rich textural detail with exquisite string articulation, and an overall sense of balance between the orchestra and chorus. This is a grandly-scaled exhuberant performance that fully realizes the spiritual power and interpretive possibilities inherent in this work, and that feels very natural and relaxed at the same time. It is a spiritual performance without being prayerful. There are moments of spine-tingling beauty, with stunning percussion, baroque oboe, and brass effects. The alto part is sung by countertenor Patrick van Goethem who has an exceptionally smooth and beautifully toned voice. Bass Peter Kooij seems to have a voice that gets better and better with each passing year, and the sopranos Dorothee Mields and Johannette Zomer are very good indeed. This recording is from a concert performance in Warsaw, Poland in 2009, recorded live in the Warsaw Radio Studio. It is now my first choice, slightly above the Rilling recording. Digipac edition with excellent notes explaining the history of the work and the origin of this recording. A DESERT ISLAND RECORDING.Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Edition Bachakademie Vol 70) /Rilling
For a more complete discussion of the choices available for this work see my review of the Gardiner version Bach: Mass in B minor
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Exuberant Bach 8 Jun. 2014
By Brent Trafton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Bach Mass in B minor is one of my all time favorites, which means I listen to it 10-15 times a year. I have 6 recordings of this work and the one by Franz Bruggen and the Orchestra of the 18 Century is my favorite. I listen to it more than all the others put together.

There are some who automatically dislike anything on period instruments or "historically informed performances" due to their thin sounding strings and sometimes rushed tempos. In the case of this particular recording of the Bach Mass in B minor, that is not a problem for me. Rather than making the mass sound solemn, they make it sound exuberant, like a celebration of spirituality.

As far as the playing goes, it is much better than other period instrument recordings by John Elliot Gardiner ,Joshua Rifkin, or the Boston Baroque Orchestra. As far as modern instruments, I prefer Robert Shaw on Telarc over the very slow tempos taken by Klemperer.

I highly recomend that anyone who has not heard this recording by Franz Bruggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century to give it a try.
Absolutely Beautiful 27 Mar. 2014
By Bob K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I picked up this version of the Mass in B Minor based on David Vernier's review who said that this version "easily tops the list" and gave it 10/10 for both performance and recording. Simply put, I agree.

Bach's masterpiece (well one of them anyway) deserves this kind of performance. Even if you have many versions of this music, this may soon become your favorite.
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