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  • Performer: English Baroque Soloists
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (2 Dec. 1985)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B0000057CN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Kyrie - Kyrie eleisonAshley Stafford and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Mary Nichols and Nancy Argenta and The Monteverdi Choir and Wynford Evans 9:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Kyrie - Christe eleisonCarol Hall and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lynne Dawson 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Kyrie - Kyrie eleisonEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Gloria in excelsis DeoEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Et in terra paxAndrew Murgatroyd and Ashley Stafford and Collin Patrick and English Baroque Soloists and Jane Fairfield and Jean Knibbs and John Eliot Gardiner and Lloyd Morgan and Nancy Argenta and Stephen Varcoe a 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Laudamus teElizabeth Wilcock and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Nancy Argenta 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Gratias agimus tibiEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Domine DeusEnglish Baroque Soloists and Howard Milner and John Eliot Gardiner and Lisa Beznosiuk and Nancy Argenta 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Qui tollis peccata mundiEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Qui sedes ad dexteram PatrisEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance and Sophia McKenna 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Quoniam tu solus sanctusEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Thompson and Stephen Varcoe 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Cum Sancto SpirituEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Stephen Varcoe and The Monteverdi Choir 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Credo - Credo in unum DeumEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 1:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Credo - Patrem omnipotentemEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Credo - Et in unum DominumEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Mary Nichols and Patrizia Kwella 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Credo - Et incarnatus estEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Credo - CrucifixusCarol Hall and English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance and Stephen Varcoe and The Monteverdi Choir and Wynford Evans 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 / Credo - Et resurrexitEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Credo - Et in Spiritum SanctumEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lloyd Morgan and Sophia McKenna and Valerie Darke 5:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Credo - Confiteor unum baptismaEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Credo - Et expecto resurrectionemEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Sanctus - SanctusEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Sanctus - Osanna in excelsisEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Sanctus - BenedictusEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Lisa Beznosiuk and Wynford Evans 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Sanctus - Osanna in excelsisEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Agnus Dei - Agnus DeiEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and Michael Chance 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Agnus Dei - Dona nobis pacemEnglish Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 

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One of the most frequently mentioned "favourite" works of Bach, the B Minor Mass is not really a functional liturgical work, but an assemblage of movements written over a period of many years. Its grand scale is certainly awesome, but its musical and spiritual unity is more remarkable, considering its origin and the fact that it contains several different compositional styles--not to mention some of Bach's most profound and beautiful music. Performing this work and preserving a sense of its grand design while bringing out the considerable musical details is a challenge that most choirs, orchestras, and conductors are not up to. Almost by consensus, however, John Eliot Gardiner's version is the most successful--and it is indeed a phenomenal recording--at once sumptuous and penetrating, with gorgeous choral and solo singing, and spacious, vibrant sound. --David Vernier

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By "count_mushnik" on 17 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are some pieces you can get away with getting cheap recordings of, but when it comes to the monolothic Mass in B Minor I think it's well worth spending a few extra quid to get a good recording - or in this case, a near flawless one.
This massive, complex and enormously inflential work commands so much respect, it must be terrifying to perform it, but Gardiner's team certainly pulls it off brilliantly. Don't be put off by the authentic instruments aspect of this recording - Gardiner doesn't fall into the trap that so many other authentic instrument conductors seem to fall into: taking the pieces at breakneck speed. The speeds certainly aren't slow, but never feel rushed either. Also, despite being quite a small choir the Monteverdi's sound is very impressive.
Finally, the all-important solo and duet arias are all executed flawlessly - especially my particular favourites the almost unbearably melancholy Agnus Dei and strangely bittersweet Domine Deus. Seriously bordering on perfection here!
This CD set also comes with some very in-depth and insightful liner notes, useful to set the work in context and explain its idiosyncracies etc.
So, yes, it may be quite expensive, but with a work of art like this, why settle for anything less?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By AbsoluteClassical on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's a shame - we have one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, a renowned conductor - but we are given a reading of this majestic work that sounds as though Gardiner was simply going through the motions. For sure there is some very sensitive singing and some very tight and almost exciting choral work, but, overall, the performance seems strangely devoid of life. I was surprised at some very odd tempo fluctuations which really disturbed the natural 'line' of the music. I feel that Gardiner has allowed ego to interfere here over the true purity and soul of the work - fine if you are Karajan or Andrew Parrott, they pull it off, but Gardiner seems to lack imagination in this CD, and his vision of the work is not on a par with other recordings.

Yes, the 'purist' angle can be argued again and again - original instruments, no vibrato, and all that - but was Gardiner not aware that his players were, at times, making horrific sounds? One cannot imagine that Bach would have approved of such 'noises'. Surely the art of performing Bach (and so many other composers) is to try and relay the fundamental message and intention - in this case a glorious Mass, one of the great works of all time - so therefore it is the 'duty' of conductors to think of the enjoyment and satisfaction of listeners and to pose the question: 'Am I giving my best and will the real message of the music come through'. I feel that perhaps Gardiner ought to start asking these questions and listening, objectively, to the often unacceptable sounds his players produce.

Overall then, not a great listening experience, but it's surprising that, despite the negative comments I've written above, there were sections of this performance that were satisfying. I feel that Gardiner can hit the mark if he wants - alas he didn't here.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Choral singing is stunning and glorious, unfortunately the soloists are not at the same level (sometimes unbelievably the quality is without real feeling or technical perfection or good tone color, in the soloist parts). The overall feeling of this recording is one of icy silvery clarity without intimate warmth and sometimes almost amateurish solo singing (this is because Gardiner rotates the solos from among several members of the choir). Gardiner assigns some entire choral movements to soloists and tries for textural variety within movements by varying the forces. After the initial chords and orchestral fugal introduction the opening Kyrie begins with a VOCAL QUARTET and only then evolves into a full chorus, thus adding cumulative weight without an escalation of volume alone, as is we generally come to expect and as is routinely done. He tries for further variety by using both female mezzos and male altos, rotating the solo turns among various members of his choir, and fortifying the more thickly-orchestrated concluding sections (Sanctus, Osanna and Dona nobis pacem) with additional voices, strings, oboes and flutes. This performance although having many beautiful parts is COMPLETELY LACKING IN SPIRITUAL GREATNESS. So what is the b minor mass without spiritual grandeur? I really don't know and cannot understand how anyone still thinks this is the benchmark performance. Buy it for the choral singing with period instruments.
The situation concerning the existing recordings of Bach's B Minor Mass is according to me as follows:

Gardiner (ARCHIV): Period instruments version: Choral singing glorious and stunning soloists of much lesser quality and overall feeling very icy, cold and completely lacking in spirituality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
A classic recording of this magnificent work by J.S. Bach that deserves to be investigated and have a place in any collection of recordings of music by Bach.
The period instrument sound is excellent without the over the top string and voice vibrato on some other recordings.
Also the sound of the Orchestra and Choir is not so big and massive that it would not be a fair representation of the sound that may have been heard in a church of Bach's attention.
The tempo is good. It is not too fast and not too slow and the performance is bright and enthusiastic.
The wind and string instruments sound wonderful and the clarity of the sound recordintg is fine.
I have a criticism though, the performance lacks the sort of power of emotion that the composition deserves. There is emotion in the playing but I do feel it needs more passion. Its only a small point really because the rest of it is excellent.
Gardiner has given excellent attention to detail in the authenticity of the performance and the sound of the choir and Orchestra are well balanced and powerful in terms of historical feel.
In fact as an authentic period performance it is very good indeed.
This is not the best recording by Gardiner but it is a great representation of the marvellous Mass in B minor.
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