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Bach in Notre-Dame de Paris: Mass In B Minor [DVD] [2008]

Ensemble Orchestral de Paris    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Writers: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GH2WQC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,475 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandeur and Beauty 13 Jun 2008
I have known and loved Bach's Mass in B minor for decades, and the first recording I owned was by that great Bachian, Karl Richter. I have not seen his DVD of the work, but I suspect that in the light, or rather the sound of period performance experiences, I might find this a bit stodgy now. SkyArts have recently been broadcasting a performance from the Leipzig Bachfest 2005, conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, which I enjoyed on its first outing because of the outstanding HD quality. This is also available as a DVD. However, despite the very high standards of playing and singing from Gewandhaus forces, a direct comparison of Blomstedt's opening Kyrie with Nelson's DVD reveals an entirely different world. While Blomstedt is earnest, worthy and ultimately stolid, Nelson's performance is vital, joyous and profoundly moving.

The magnificent medieval edifice that is Notre-Dame de Paris is a perfect setting for Bach's monumental Baroque masterpiece. Simonnet's film evocatively places us in the square in front of Notre-Dame as the Easter sun sets. It is quite breathtaking when, as we contemplate the interior of the immense rose window, the great Kyrie suddenly rings out. We are then led through one of the huge doors into the body of the cathedral as the opening ritornello unfolds, moving around the vast space of the building. This is not a fussy effect, and the camera does not keep distracting us with architectural detail at the expense of experiencing the performance as a musical sequence. Clearly, it is entirely appropriate to use the fine altar Pieta as the Crucifixus plays, but direction is always apposite and relevant. Some people have commented on a 'busy' visual style; it is certainly quite mobile, but it is always focussed on what is happening in the music and on the performers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance 22 Jan 2011
Unusually, I bought this DVD without having read any review in e.g. Gramophone or International Record Review, but I'm very glad I did. Conductor John Nelson is not generally known for historically informed performances, but he has a light touch; as does the choir, in spite of being large and consisting exclusively of adults. The choir, by the way, sings holding the Baerenreiter Urtext of Bach's music, no lack of authenticity there! Tempos in general were also very good, rarely too extreme. The only disappointment was the accompanying leaflet, which gives just the most basic details; but I haven't taken this into account, the five stars are for the music making, that is top quality.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach - Mass in B Minor in Notre Dame de Paris 20 Mar 2010
John NELSON directs the Ensemble Orhestral de Paris to produce in my opinion a Divine Experience that Bach him self would have applauded.
This profoundly Spiritual Mass is one of Bach's greatest works which he completed under his own volition and took no payment.
It perhaps was his crowning glory.

The Maitrise Notre Dame de Paris is supurb through out the performance and compliment the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Gorgeous music is punctuated by Ruth Ziesak(Soprano), Joyce DiDonato (Mezze-Soprano), Daniel Taylor (Alto), and Dietrich Henschel (Baryton) inspiring performances.

If music was ever able to deliver man into the hand of God, this performance is the very stuff !
Puchase of the product and its delivery was simple and straight forward.
Amazon brought heaven to my home with ease and speed.... Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Homage 2 Nov 2013
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John Nelson is never less than thought provoking in what he says about work he interprets whether it be for examples JS Bach or Beethoven. Along with other contributors to a verbal understanding of this Meisterwerk a fine introduction is provided to prepare for the work itself which unfolds with spectacular effect in the august confines of Notre Dame Cathedral,Paris. The resident choir of the Cathedral deliver a diversity of vocal sound which is very different from other versions I have heard but shares some of the high points in terms of impact. It is a young choir and so in a way links to Bach's own composing for the Thomaskirche boy's choir. The voice levels are markedly different to the slightly older choir in the Blomstedt Thomaskirche dvd version . Maturity in the singing voice reaches its peak in the fourties so there is much to be enjoyed in comparing and contrasting the differing levels which evinces ample recognition to the richness of this work. Soloists Dietrich Henschel and Ruth Ziesak, performers in the Thomaskirche dvd version of the piece reappear with subtle differences in their delivery. The organ work is much less prominent in this version but I like diversity in understanding sacred works so buying this version as a complement to the Thomaskirche version is beneficial.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you 19 Mar 2014
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I bought this originally because Joyce DiDonato was on it and I was not disappointed, although more of that later.
The recording does not start well with the orchestra and choir seeming to find the Kyrie uninspiring. But as the pieced progresses, Bach's intentions come to the fore and all get together to make a really good performance. The visuals have some nice touches with a shot through the bass player's bow and a reaction-shot, late in the piece showing DiDonato's reaction to the music. Most inserts with DVDs and blu-rays are pretty boring but this one is just bad. Shiney and flashy but bad. They do not even seem to know what language it should be in with French terms scattered among the English.
But to Didonato. Although the mezzo has only a small part in this piece, she shines and none more than in the Laudamas te duet with Deborah Nemtanu who was a revelation to me. What a violinist! I am looking forward to her doing some more DVDs.
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