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Bach: Mass in B Minor [Original recording remastered]

Herbert von Karajan Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Audio CD (9 May 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0007Z0Y86
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Kyrie: Kyrie eleisonSingverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan12:14Album Only
Listen  2. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Kyrie: Christe eleisonElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Kyrie: Kyrie eleisonSingverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Gloria: Gloria in excelsis DeoSingverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan 5:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Gloria: Laudamus teElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 5:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Gloria: Gratias agimus tibiElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Gloria: Domine DeusElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 6:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundiPhilharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Gloria: Qui sedes ad dextram PatrisMarga Höffgen/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan 5:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctusHeinz Rehfuss/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Gloria: Cum Sancto SpirituSingverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Credo: Credo in unum DeumSingverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Credo: Patrem omnipotentemElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 2:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Credo: Et in unum DominumElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Credo: Et incarnatus estElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Credo: CrucifixusElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Credo: Et resurrexitElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Credo: Et in Spiritum Sanctum DominumHeinz Rehfuss/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan 6:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Credo: Confiteor unum baptismaElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Credo: Et expecto resurrectionemSingverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Sanctus: SanctusSingverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan 6:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Sanctus: Osanna in excelsisSingverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Sanctus: BenedictusNicolai Gedda/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 5:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Sanctus: Osanna in excelsisElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Marga Höffgen/Nicolai Gedda/Heinz Rehfuss/Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Philharmonia O 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Sanctus: Agnus DeiMarga Höffgen/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan 6:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (1999 - Remaster), Sanctus: Dona nobis pacemSingverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde Wien/Wiener Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Duet: Christe eleisonHerbert Von Karajan/Wiener Symphoniker/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Kathleen Ferrier 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Soprano Aria: Laudamus teHerbert von Karajan/Wiener Symphoniker/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Contralto aria: Qui sedesHerbert von Karajan/Wiener Symphoniker/Kathleen Ferrier 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Duet: Et in unum DominumHerbert Von Karajan/Wiener Symphoniker/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Kathleen Ferrier 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Contralto Aria: Agnus DeiHerbert von Karajan/Wiener Symphoniker/Kathleen Ferrier 5:30£0.99  Buy MP3 


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big and lush - and why not! 19 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Karajan and Bach? Well, opinions divide drastically here. The new breed of 'purists' pour scorn on anything that doesn't use period instruments, no vibrato, and limited forces. But, in my opinion, this approach often leads to dull and uninteresting performances that rarely speak to (or from) the heart. Not so in this Karajan recording: he uses grand forces, plenty of swelling crescendos and, thankfully, lots of lovely effective string vibrato. Yes, it's the 'old school' - a school that, more often than not, got it right, despite the purist's views.

What I love most about this performance is the pacing - from the very opening we know we are embarking on a huge musical journey, very apt for a work that has often been hailed as one of the creative monuments of Western civilisation. Karajan is uninhibited - if he wants loud, he gets it, and he always contrasts the peaks with wonderfully intimate and heart-rending soft passages. His focus is consuming, his intent obvious, and his vision is clear: none of the wishy-washy, introvert playing as we so often hear these days - he puts the emotion heart-on-sleeve and Bach can really take this approach. It works!

An integral and, indeed, additional delight, is the glorious voice of Schwarzkopk - again, that wonderful old style of directly converying the music from the heart.

A truly wonderful testament to a time gone by - and one that will endure.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still magic - carry on, Karajan! 3 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
A recording that takes us back to when dinosaurs ruled the earth, there was no such thing as IT or nouvelle cuisine.

As a professional musician, I learned my craft from this record, sight-reading, the joy of following an orchestral score, singing in with all the vocal lines and so on. Even as a youngster, I was in awe of it.

And why was this possible? Because it gives every word and phrase its full weight orchestral and chorally. The tempi are slow and reverent - e.g., the "Gloria," almost a feeling of 3/4 rather than 3/8 (admittedly, written in this), the "Confiteor unum Baptisma" (from the Credo section) with its massy walking bass, the "Laudamus Te" where every note of the treacherous violin part is clearly articulated.

By contrast, modern recordings give us a galloped "Gloria," a running "Confiteor," and a "Laudamus Te" with the violin slithering about all over the place. Frankly, modern tempi are too fast.

So if this recording errs on the slow side, it keeps its majesty and reverence. The quiet bits are still too quiet and no amount of remastering will help that.

And the soloists are pure legend. Schwartzkopf with controlled sweetness, Hoffgen the embodiment of capability and expressiveness, Gedda shining with a pale golden lustre, and Heinz the bass athletic and tuneful.

So if there is music in Heaven, this could be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Karajan version to go for 6 Nov 2011
By Bacchus TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have both of Karajan's most frequently released versions of Bach's B minor mass (he did 5 in total). I must say that I prefer this one to his 1970s DG recording.

This recording is from the early 1950s in mono sound. For me this is not normally a drawback. Much of the solo writing is so naturally balanced, you really appreciate Bach's instrumental and solo vocal writing. However, I do find the massed orchestral and vocal sounds on this recording a bit muddy.

I think that this recording is a very fine one. All four soloists are in fine voice. Elizabeth Schwarzkopf had a marvellous voice and an intelligent way with it. On this recording, she did not have the slightly arched and mewing sound that she later developed. I find her a much more positive and expressive artist that Gundula Janowitz on Karajan's later recording. I also love Nicolai Gedda's rendition of the tenor solos. He was in his late 20s at the time and had a lovely easily produced lyrical voice at the time - I have never heard the tenor solos sung better than on this recording. The other two soloists, Martha Hoffgen and Heinz Rehfuss both sing excellently. In all departments, I prefer the soloists on this recording to the ones Karajan used in the 1970s.

The instrumentalists are all fine as well. I think they were all section leaders in the Philharmonia Orchestra in the 1950s (Dennis Brain - horn, Manoug Parikian - violin, Sydney Sutcliffe - oboe and Gareth Morris - flute) and I presume that this is the orchestra on this recording even though it does not appear to be stated on the sleeve notes. They play with more individuality and personality than their later counterparts in the 1970s.

The choir on this recording is shown as the Chorus of the Society of the Friends of Music, Vienna.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising... 14 July 2011
By kenni
Format:Audio CD
A very interesting recording in which Karajan successfully conducts some very well established artists to perform work by 'the one and only'...
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Surprising Von Karajan for those more familiar with his later DGG Beethoven cycles although he was known for Bach in the '30s apparently. This is still early in his career soon after WW2 when Vienna must have been still been in ruins so there is a kind of intensity to the recordings especially if you listen to the rehearsals with Kathleen Ferrier on disc 2 where it feels like you are just sitting there in St. Stephan's or wherever. Amazing.
EMI are slightly cagey about who is playing where but according to the Naxos notes it's members of the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna, but not mentioned is that they cheated by re-recording sections in London with different players at Abbey Road in parts they weren't happy with. Not sure whether there are several versions and we are going back to the original in the remaster or whether the addition of the rehearsals is just to give that impression. In any case very interesting and beautiful recordings well worth a listen.
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