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A fantastic way to break my B minor Mass Virginity,
This review is from: Bach: Mass in B Minor (Audio CD)
It is very hard not to be effusive about what is unquestionably one of Bach's greatest works. I am in all likelihood 5 starring the composer more than anything else, but nevertheless I can fully endorse, particularly if one is looking for an inexpensive, yet good quality recording.
Of course, this set of recordings is in the big 'modern' rather than 'period' style, and you get very much the 'huge grandeur' effect from an orchestra and large choir. If Bach's intention was to inspire awe, then Jochum has done exceptionally well; awe is certainly delivered in spades- there are so many moments which just left me breathless, whether it be the Osanna choruses, or the Cum Sancto Spirito or the Agnus Dei...
There are a few quibbles about the distinctly 'english' pronunciation of the latin, with words 'agnus' and 'excelsis' coming prominently to mind, and I personally am not a huge fan of the voice of the soloist in the Benedictus, but these are minor concerns; this CD is an excellent and inexpensive way to experience truly unmissable music, music that touches the very heavens. I recommend it heartily.
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Initial post: 11 Feb 2012 21:36:09 GMT
Musica Vita says:
Just to say that there is nothing English about the pronunciation of the Latin here. The singers use the traditional German pronunciation of Latin, which is significantly different from the Italianised sort favoured by the Catholic church in Britain.
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