on 8 March 2014
I reviewed Volume 1 of this series, which was released in the Autumn of 2013, with glorious acclaim (!) and Volume 2, released this March, matches the extraordinary high standard of singing and playing of The Sixteen in Volume 1. Surely Bach himself would have been hard pressed to find a choir/soloists of this talent with the limited resources he had in the early 18th century.
The two Masses, G Major (BWV 236) and A Major (BWV 234) are separated by a sublime performance of Cantata 79 (BWV 79). The clarity of singing and playing continues to be superb in Volume 2. Again, the recording is second to none, which seems to be the hallmark of the "Coro" label. If you are a Bach music lover, buy these two volumes, which have some of his finest choral music. You will not be disappointed.
on 14 July 2015
This is volume 2 of a set of two, recorded 2013. The only mass NOT covered in this set is the 'famous' b minor mass. Both masses here are very sympathetically recorded and bring out Bach's ability at borrowing his own works. Interspersed with these works is the well-known Cantata BWV79, also well recorded, which contains the 'famous' duet in the 5th movement. The CD booklet is, given the paucity of information we have at present, well presented, and includes a brief history of the 'mass' as a compositional tool.