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Bach: Mass in B minor (2 CDs)

20 Feb 2014

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1962
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 1962
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1989 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 2:02:39
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  • ASIN: B001LQXMIO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,815 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bachman on 5 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Karl Richter's interpretations of music by Bach have made something of a come back in recent years and this recording shows why. Carefully atriculated singing from the choir and excellent playing from the orchestra. There is a great sense of perfection about this performance which seems thoughtfully paced and yet fully exciting. It seems as if every note and rhythm has been crafted to produce an almost faultless performance. The choruses in particular shine through with some fantastically focused and bright singing. In particular, the end of the creed and the following sanctus and osanna build towards a powerfull climax. Even if you like your Bach performed on original instruments you will enjoy this performance which has become one of my favourite Bach performances on CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Musica Vita on 7 Feb 2012
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The distinguished Bach scholar Karl Richter created his own distinctive path in the rediscovery of J S Bach's music. His Munich Bach Orchestra and Choir were an essential part of this, and their extensive experience of Bach's music was such that they completely overcame the formidable difficulties of the Mass in B minor, and on this recording they play with a fluency and beauty which is rare even today. It is still one of the best available even after 50 years. The recording may not be as good as the best of today's but is perfectly adequate and only in the loudest tuttis is there a lack of clarity. The only "star" soloist is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, whom it is wonderful to hear in "Et in Spiritum Sanctum", but the others are very good and well-suited to the music.

I also know the recordings by Klemperer, Münchinger, Jochum, Gardiner and Harnoncourt, and all these are worth hearing, but I find that only Klemperer comes close to matching Richter's achievement - and that is in a very different way. Klemperer brings out the grandeur and depth of Bach's vision, Richter communicates joy and light. Your foot will be tapping in every one of the faster movements when you listen to Richter. Not that it is in anyway lightweight: the majesty is there throughout. Unreservedly recommended.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By F. Colstrup on 21 Nov 2009
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If you love J S Bach's wonderful Mass in B minor this is one of the best versions you can listen to.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 5 Mar 2012
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"Paleontology has established that Richterasaurus was a placid, warm-blooded, sometimes slowmoving herbivore, hot-blooded when roused and capable of great excitement and inspiration. Its decline was caused by the invasion of its upland grazing by the fast-growing, quick-spreading Giant Hogweed which was highly noxious to the Richterasaurus (and poisonous in general to all forms of life). Starved of its staple food, Richterasaurus fell an easy victim to Raptus Harnoncourtus (a cold-blooded, fast-moving, meat-eating dinosaur with bizarre thought-patterns), the Jeggyador (a near bloodless carnivore, quick on its heels, with vampiric tendencies) and Rifkin Skinnicus (the toothless runt of the litter).

Recent geological excavations have shown that a terrible Ice Age then descended upon the Earth - the so-called Baroque stratum is full of the bones of such unpleasant monsters as Violinus Authenticus (whose high-pitched whine was offensive to ears), Tenorfalsettus (which screeched incessantly, day and night) and Harpsichordus Mangelus (an extraordinary creature with virtually no flesh on its skeleton which caused a frightful clatter whenever it copulated). It is doubtful whether any of these monstrosities could fly: with so many clipped appendages, surely they were earthbound in the extreme.

Amazingly Richterasaurus, thought to be long extinct, survived to give pleasure and comfort to the newly emerged homo sapiens, which domesticated it and thrived on its strangely moving, profoundly musical lowing. Men and women now stare at the bones of the Raptus Harnoncourtus, Jeggyador and Rifkin Skinnicus and wonder what all the fuss was about."

PS, please note, credit where credit is due: I am not the author of this wonderful review though I have added some embellishments. With thanks to S.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
To Echo Another Reviewer-Bach und Richter, Zwei deutsche meistern 1 Dec 2006
By Rev. Ben Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this recording in Baltimore, Maryland at the home of a music major friend and was lifted out of my seat by the opening cry of "Kyrie"! This has become my favourite recording of the Bach mass. It is without peer. The Munich Bach choir, with its boys and men is superb! What musicianship, what precision of singing and phrasing! The tempi are quick and joyful. The trumpets over the chorus! I could go on for hours. The only recording that comes close is Klemperer's and he does not have the sponteneity that Richter has. Whenever I teach music history, this recording is the example that I use. I highly recommend this to everyone. I had trouble finding it in America and ended up buying it in Exeter, England. Enjoy Bach at his finest!
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Danger, Will Robinson - Ignore Ralph Lara!!!!!! 27 Mar 2009
By Stephen R. Westman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ralph Lara is incorrect in saying that this is the same performance in the collection that includes the two passions, the Christmas Oratorio and the Mangnificat. While the performance of the Mass in b Minor may be good in that set, it is NOT the same as this "stand alone" recording. While I cannot speak of that recording (which has different vocal soloists than this excellent cast), I can speak with 35 years of experience of THIS performance. It is, without a doubt, one of the - if not the - most powerful performances of any work of musical art that I have ever heard in my life!! The opening Kyrie can only be described as the most overwhelming experiences I have ever lived through. He takes the words - "Lord have mercy" - and musically stretches out his arms to heaven pleading for the Almighty's mercy. If one can use this term in conjunction with a musical performance, the experience is almost crushing in its intense power, profundity, and utter honesty. The rest of the performance live us to the same standards. What else can you expect with the level of performers included here, including the great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau!!

Karl Richter was a superb musical dramatist and he knew how to draw out from the music - and from his performers - the emotions that were required for each piece to fully express what Bach had written (and Richter's Munich Bach Choir and Orchestra knew how to give it to him). I have heard a number of other performances of the Mass in B Minor (including one by Robert Shaw) and no - and I mean NO - performance came anywhere near as close to conveying the Divine content and profound musical depth that Bach placed in this music as this performance!!

My suggestion is to buy this record AND to buy the Sacred Masterpieces CD. It may cost you a bit more. However, the combination will demonstrate - ultimately and convincingly - the supreme musical mastery and spiritual depth of the choral work of Johann Sebastian Bach when performed by a conductor who has been given the profound gifts that Karl Richter was given.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Mighty Performance of a Mighty Work 22 Jan 2012
By anabantid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This performance isn't perfect, but it remains the best I've heard. Richter's interpretation will no doubt strike some as being too ponderous or austere at times, especially those who are accustomed to the fleet and almost intangibly light-textured "authentic" performances. There are many points when even I would have liked more lightness, but the gravitas, power, and majesty of this performance are unmatched. The Munich Bach Choir handily beats any other large choir on record for this work, with counterpoint boldly realized, as always, by Richter and his forces; on top of that the soloists are good and the recording is full-bodied. The energy and excitement here of the "Cum Sancto Spiritu" and the grandeur of the "Sanctus" have never been equaled; these two movements alone are worth the price of admission (and more).
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I agree with Stephen! 24 April 2009
By Snookie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Stephen Westman is right.

I own both recordings of Richter's B minor Mass - the one included in the box set AND this Stand Alone Recording. They are NOT the same.

Back in 1986 I heard this recording (LP back then) and fell in love at first hearing. Richter has captured the spiritual essence of this masterpiece of western music. The Richter recording with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is the best hands down.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Survivor of 'The Great Dying' 5 Mar 2012
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Paleontology has established that Richterasaurus was a placid, warm-blooded, sometimes slowmoving herbivore, hot-blooded when roused and capable of great excitement and inspiration. Its decline was caused by the invasion of its upland grazing by the fast-growing, quick-spreading Giant Hogweed which was highly noxious to the Richterasaurus (and poisonous in general to all forms of life). Starved of its staple food, Richterasaurus fell an easy victim to Raptus Harnoncourtus (a cold-blooded, fast-moving, meat-eating dinosaur with bizarre thought-patterns), the Jeggyador (a near bloodless carnivore, quick on its heels, with vampiric tendencies) and Rifkin Skinnicus (the toothless runt of the litter).

Recent geological excavations have shown that a terrible Ice Age then descended upon the Earth - the so-called Baroque stratum is full of the bones of such unpleasant monsters as Violinus Authenticus (whose high-pitched whine was offensive to ears), Tenorfalsettus (which screeched incessantly, day and night) and Harpsichordus Mangelus (an extraordinary creature with virtually no flesh on its skeleton which caused a frightful clatter whenever it copulated). It is doubtful whether any of these monstrosities could fly: with so many clipped appendages, surely they were earthbound in the extreme.

Amazingly Richterasaurus, thought to be long extinct, survived to give pleasure and comfort to the newly emerged homo sapiens, which domesticated it and thrived on its strangely moving, profoundly musical lowing. Men and women now stare at the bones of the Raptus Harnoncourtus, Jeggyador and Rifkin Skinnicus and wonder what all the fuss was about."

PS, please note, credit where credit is due: I am not the author of this wonderful review though I have added some embellishments. With thanks to S.
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