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  • Performer: Helen Donath, Brigitte Fassbaender, Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö, Roland Hermann
  • Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (8 Nov. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Double Forte
  • ASIN: B000002SCY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Kyrie eleison (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum12:09Album Only
Listen  2. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Christe eleison (soprano I & II)Helen Donath/Brigitte Fassbaender/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Kyrie eleison (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Gloria in excelsis (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Et in terra pax (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Laudamus te (soprano II)Brigitte Fassbaender/Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Gratias agimus tibi (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Domine Deus (soprano I & tenor)Helen Donath/Claes Hakon Ahnsjö/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 5:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Qui tollis peccata mundi (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (alto)Brigitte Fassbaender/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Quoniam tu solus sanctus (bass)Robert Holl/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Missa: Cum Sancto Spiritu (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Credo in unum Deum (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Patrem omnipotentem (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et in unum Dominum (soprano I & alto)Helen Donath/Brigitte Fassbaender/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et incarnatus est (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mass in B minor BWV232, Symbolum Nicenum: Crucifixus (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et resurrexit (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum (bass)Robert Holl/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Confiteor (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et expecto (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Sanctus: Sanctus (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 6:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Sanctus: Osanna in excelsis (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Sanctus: Benedictus (tenor)Claes Hakon Ahnsjö/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Sanctus: Osanna in excelsis (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (alto)Brigitte Fassbaender/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem (chorus)Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Mass in B minor, BWV 232. 2 CDs in single jewel case

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ujg20@cam.ac.uk on 28 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
These days, period-instrument ensembles dominate Bach performance. The best of them indeed offer lively, moving and insightful readings. However, this recording demonstrates that the symphonic tradition has its own unique insights to offer on Bach's inexhaustible, multi-faceted musical heritage.
Eugen Jochum offers profoundly moving readings of some of the work's expressive highlights. His readings of the more jubilant choruses may not possess the dance-like liveliness of the best "authentic" performances, but they are still fluent and exuberant. And despite his large forces, Jochum often achieves exemplary clarity of texture. Admittedly, some movements are too forceful and emphatic, a fault that also affects most of the soloists. But then, no recording of this great masterpiece will please all listeners in all movements.
If you are looking for just one recording of this work, I would still recommend a period-instrument reading. However, I strongly recommend this deeply-felt performance for all listeners who believe that Bach's vision is too rich and varied to be exhausted by one performance tradition.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Jochum reaches the sky once more 18 April 2000
By Miguel Ferro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jochum is the best "spiritual" conductor i know. This Bach's Mass is no exception: the fluid and ethereal sonority of the music as well as the strenght of the choir makes this Mass version one of the best.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I love this performance 30 Jan. 2001
By Gregory M. Zinkl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I could blather on like I usually do about the glorious playing of the Dresden forces and Jochum's terrific, inspired performance. But I won't! I love this recording, warts and all. The overall emotional thrust is terrific, and even if the tempi are slower than the period crowd would vote for, they are never lugubriously heavy. An enjoyable performance that my partner and I have enjoyed many times.
And it's a bargain!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Solemn, but solid 12 May 2001
By Joshua F. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Eugen Jochum here finds a way to take the music at a slow pace to give it the solemnity that a sacred work of this magnitude demands, yet still capture the varying moods of the piece. The powerful, heavily fugal "Gloria in excelsis Deo" slides easily into the (appropriately) gentle "Et in terra pax." Even more wonderful is the way Jochum builds up the chorales to spectacular climaxes, most notably in the "Gratias agimus tibi" and the aforementioned "Et in terra pax."
In this endeavor, he is aided by the chorus, which functions as a team, as a single unit, rather than as sections of sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses pitted against one another in a chaotic survival of the fittest (or loudest). This approach can sometimes tend to obscure the words and blur the textures, but for the sake of drama, a singularity of purpose is absolutely essential.
The weakness of the recording is undoubtedly the soloists. No one would argue that this is Helen Donath's best recording, and Brigitte Fassbaender struggles to restrain her dark, powerful, Mahlerian voice. She and Donath seem to cancel each other out in their two duets. Robert Holl's bass tends to be stuck way down in the basement, and his singing is rather uninspired at times.
The solo movements are saved, however, by some wonderful solo instrumental playing, most notably that by the solo violin in the "Laudamus te." The ultimate saving grace for this recording, however, is the wonderful direction of Jochum, who keeps the music serious, but interesting.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A solemn performance 26 Sept. 2005
By Musicus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To me, the most important is and remain the spirit of the interpretation, so usually I can easily forgive some technical flaws in performance and recording/mixing, provided the spirit of the music appeals to my imagination. Still I find this Jochum-recording slightly disappointing. Perhaps the reason is that I am used to his Christmas oratorio (Weihnachts-oratorium) from 1973, both intimate and glorious, perfect on all levels, but sadly out of print... This is not out of print - september 2005 - if you search B0007RO57K on Amazon you find the reissue. I have to agree with the other reviewers that this b-minor mass - it is from 1982, not from the 50ies - suffers from some weak singers and a dubious sound quality; it is something foggy about it. Jochum's forces are too big here - unlike the Christmas oratorio - but despite these drawbacks, we still have Jochum's baton, his wand! There is an incomparable dignity to the phrasing and pacing; this is a solemn performance and it grows in my mind by repeated listening. I also like Herreweghe's very different interpretation - Amazon-search B000005Z2W - which in fact has all the clarity, all the transparency I miss by Jochum's 1982-recording. I need them both.

P.S. July 2006: Yes, I did need both, because I had not found Rilling's b-minor mass yet. That one leaves no wishes open and gets the final fifth star, Amazon search: B00004S584.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good performance, so-so sound 7 Jun. 2000
By pyramidcvv - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Since I like the solemn, slow tempos of the older recordings of this work, this recording is made for order for my taste. But the sound is not too great. There were times when the chorus seemed to have lost their microphones. The tenors in the chorus are often impossible to hear. Also, the trumpets can get a bit shrill in their trill passages, but I've noticed that in lots of other Mass albums (except the first Helmut Rilling album). This is a live 1957 performance: a real historical find, and no audience noise. Budget price, too.
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