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Bach: Mass in B Minor BWV 232 [Double CD]

Philippe Herreweghe Audio CD
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  • Performer: Collegium Vocale Gent
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (21 May 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Phi
  • ASIN: B00694VP1O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 9:13Album Only
Listen  2. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Christe eleison (Soprano 1 and 2)Dorothee Mields 4:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 3:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 1:420.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et in terra pax (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 4:150.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Laudamus te (Soprano 2)Dorothee Mields 4:010.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 2:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Domine Deus (Soprano 1, Tenor)Dorothee Mields 5:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 2:420.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto)Dorothee Mields 4:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus (Bass)Dorothee Mields 4:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 4:030.59  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Credo in unum Deum (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 1:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Patrem omnipotentem (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 1:540.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et in unum Dominum (Soprano 1, Alto)Dorothee Mields 4:210.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et incarnatus est (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 2:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Crucifixus (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 2:450.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et resurrexit (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 4:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum (Bass)Dorothee Mields 4:470.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Confiteor unum baptisma (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 3:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 2:220.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Sanctus (Chorus)Dorothee Mields 4:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Osanna (Double Chorus)Dorothee Mields 2:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Benedictus (Tenor)Dorothee Mields 3:300.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Osanna (Double Chorus)Dorothee Mields 2:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei (Alto)Dorothee Mields 5:050.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Dona nobis pacem (Double Chorus)Dorothee Mields 2:490.59  Buy MP3 


Product Description

PHILI 004; PHILIPPE HERREWEGHE - Francia; Classica vocale Sacra Messe

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The genius of Bach's Mass in B-Minor is that it is open to musical interpretation, it may have been assembled by Bach in his final years from parts he had written previously, but that does not dictate how Bach expected it or even imagined it to be performed. Part of Bach's genius may have been leaving this complete work unperformed in his lifetime thus allowing conductors music on which to set free their imagination. That is key to expressing the heavenly and earthy emotions, suffering and praise they personally see in the music. However, too often strong emotions have been displayed concerning how this work should be interpreted. On this third interpretation by Herreweghe he manages to improve on his already impressive recordings revealing an evolved and acoustically soothing style, even his study of medicine, psychiatry and music seem to be displayed in this healing elegance. I do not think it possible - or even desirable - to have a definitive interpretation and I have over 35 recordings of this masterpiece all of which have different reasons they deserve to be listened to but, if you are only looking for one recording of this work, please consider this a worthy candidate. It does not have a massive choir to vigorously sing out the certain sections where some may consider it desirable but it is ethereal, emotional and in many places has a heavenly quality befitting the theological underpinning of this work signed Soli Deo Gloria.

Like a diamond with reflected light Bach's masterpiece displays brilliance whatever light is shone on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Minkowski instead. 12 Aug 2012
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This recording from Herreweghe and his Franco-Flemish band sounds fine, but for more musical grandeur in equally budget Bach, Minkowski Bach: Mass in B minor (+Book)is hard to beat on Naive. Sonically the surround sound SACDs from JunghanelBach: Mass in B minor, KuijkenJ.S. Bach - Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 and Suzuki Bach: Mass In B Minor, Bwv 232 are quite impressive in similar configurations.
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3 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Budget Bach 12 Aug 2012
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An impulse buy, based on some raving crtic or other. But total performers add up to less than 20 people, including "choir", soloists, orchestra, conductor and man who tuned the harpsichord. I sense Bach would have been greatly disappointed -- "not at all what I hoped to hear when I wrote it". The small band of performers performs well, but the music loses stature in this Budget Bach performance. Still, the recording's financial controller must have been happy.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herreweghe outdoes himself 10 Feb 2013
By R. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
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Philippe Herreweghe's second recording of Bach's radiant Mass in b minor (MBM), made in 1998 for Harmonia Mundi, has been my most played recording of my favorite choral work for over a decade. I could not imagine how he could possibly better himself when this recording was announced.

When it arrived the first distinguishing mark that immediately raised my expectations was the recording location - the Jesus-Christus Kirche in Berlin. The conductor/choral director, who has total control of the new semi private Phi label that is dedicated to Herreweghe's ensembles and artists, hauled his forces from Belgium to Germany and likely paid considerable fees to use the facility. That alone should clue everyone in regarding how serious Herreweghe is about making recordings that are lasting testaments to his legacy.

And the listening experience confirms that is truly a MBM to be cherished with the very best. Herreweghe was first a choral conductor, and his Bach performances reflect that heritage - the ensemble singing is unmatched elsewhere. The same can be said for the soloists in duets, trios, etc. Herreweghe knows how to unify artits, and this carries through to the orchestra as well.

Herreweghe's two previous recordings of the MBM, the one mentioned above and a 1988 recording, displayed the same strengths. But the quality of this new recording on Phi that sets it part is the audio. The venue is one of the best in the whole world, as fans of von Karajan can readily attest. Just enough reverb to give the listener some sense of location, but not cavernous. Microphone placement is outstanding. Soloists are clearly discernable from each other, as are the different sections of the chorus, but they still blend remarkably well too.

Highest possible recommendations!!!!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Herreweghe - let the music do the talking 19 Dec 2012
By Robert L. Mackenzie - Published on Amazon.com
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Herreweghe's ensemble is an excellent instrument. Excellent sound, superb dynamic control, and with the precision that Bach demands. He is faithful to the score and is yet not cold or neutral. In particular he manages rhythm superbly and avoids the temptation that many others fall in to of too much rubato with the rhythm.

Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly beautiful - Incredibly nuanced 24 April 2013
By Robert Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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It's taken a long time to find a recording that captures the power and subtlety of this sublime work, but for me this is it. The voices are extraordinary without exception, and rendered with precision and warmth......Far more moving than many of the 'grander' recordings that have come before......
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Bach, thank you Herreweghe. Soli Deo Gloria. 30 Oct 2013
By Craig Burrows - Published on Amazon.com
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The genius of Bach's Mass in B-Minor is that it is open to musical interpretation, it may have been assembled by Bach in his final years from parts he had written previously, but that does not dictate how Bach expected it or even imagined it to be performed. Part of Bach's genius may have been leaving this complete work unperformed in his lifetime thus allowing conductors music on which to set free their imagination. That is key to expressing the heavenly and earthy emotions, suffering and praise they personally see in the music. However, too often strong emotions have been displayed concerning how this work should be interpreted. On this third interpretation by Herreweghe he manages to improve on his already impressive recordings revealing an evolved and acoustically soothing style, even his study of medicine, psychiatry and music seem to be displayed in this healing elegance. I do not think it possible - or even desirable - to have a definitive interpretation and I have over 35 recordings of this masterpiece all of which have different reasons they deserve to be listened to but, if you are only looking for one recording of this work, please consider this a worthy candidate. It does not have a massive choir to vigorously sing out the certain sections where some may consider it desirable but it is ethereal, emotional and in many places has a heavenly quality befitting the theological underpinning of this work signed Soli Deo Gloria.

Like a diamond with reflected light Bach's masterpiece displays brilliance whatever light is shone on it. There is no right or wrong way to perform this work but I do believe the important thing about Bach would be that it is still challenging us to praise God and for it to give glory to the Creator and Herreweghe gives us just that, this could move even Richard Dawkins to express the emotion of worship.

There are times I want a slower - or faster tempo and on certain movements my personal taste would be for a larger choir but that is why I own so many recordings but, if you only want to purchase one recording, this has many points in its favour and gets five stars from me.

How do you describe this work? Restrained, ethereal, balanced, luxuriant are worth using but I think the best would be healing, devotional or spiritual and that is why I think I will be playing this more often than the other versions. Soli Deo Gloia indeed. Thank you Bach, thank you Herreweghe. Soli Deo Gloria.
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Contender 4 April 2014
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Though I do have admiration for the rendition directed by John Eliot Gardiner, I think this recording surpasses it, partly for the performance but also because of the sonic sense of space. This is crispness and radiance exemplified, wielding an effect on the listener more by measured application of emotional pressure than by sheer weight of numbers. For period performance of this work, Gardiner is very good but this Herreweghe, I think, is a shade better -- still, you can't go wrong with either.
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