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5.0 out of 5 stars A Supreme Work, 18 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Bach: Mass in B Minor (Audio CD)
Originally recorded during late autumn of 1967, this supreme work by Bach has been digitally remastered and labelled as one of the Great Recordings of the Century. Composed during mid 18thC, this Bach masterpiece has been performed and recorded many times over the years. I must admit, I was never drawn to Bach due to the fact that being a Mahlerian and a Wagnerian, I didnt think I would take to this music anyway. However, after hearing the Crucifixus (Part III Credo) on a sample disc, I realised that this was something rather different. Listening to this version, I soon came to understand why it has so many admirers around the world. It is a wonderful piece, beautifully played and sung. And the remastering team has achieved wonders with this difficult material for the sound is spacious, the singers clear, and the chorus superb. Otto Klemperer, who died in 1973 holds this superb work together along with the chorus and singers. The music due to consistent tempi throughout, never flags. It just simply flows from one piece to the next. The highlights of the piece can be found in Part III Credo, although I am sure many listeners will have their own favourites. Lasting some 135 minutes, it keeps the listener enthralled throughout. The work ends gloriously with the Chorus rendition of Dona Nobis Pacem. A supreme work which indeed is one of the great recordings of the century.
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E. A. Redfearn
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