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  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Coro
  • ASIN: B00HT3NM7E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mass in G major (BWV236) - The Sixteen
  2. Cantata Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild (BWV79) - The Sixteen
  3. Mass in A major (BWV234) - The Sixteen

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Despite their exquisite beauty, featuring splendid choruses and deeply moving arias, there are relatively few recordings of Bach's Lutheran Masses. On this second disc, which completes The Sixteen's mini-series, the orchestra is joined by just eight singers to perform the Masses, allowing the beauty of the virtuosic vocal lines to be heard with absolute clarity.

Sometimes called 'Missa brevis', the Lutheran Masses feature almost no Lutheran material at all. Musically, they are almost entirely made up of movements borrowed from Bach's Cantatas and their beauty is in the fact that they represent the composer's own choice of his finest Cantata movements. It is 20 years since The Sixteen last recorded such a wealth of Bach's music, making this a uniquely exciting project. Volume I was released in October 2013.

Review

This is a fascinating lesson in the art of creative transcription by a master transcriber. This is a worthy successor to Vol.1 Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,May '14

A Direct, almost seamless objectivity to the Latin text but furnished with a compelling warmth and soft-grained delight in a distinctive harmonic and textural landscape still woefully under-appreciated by Bach Lovers. Strongly recommended. GRAMOPHONE EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone, June'14

This is a very fine recording of these lesser-known works. --Early music Today, June'14

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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.
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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.
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I bought this as a gift for a friend who is a professional musician herself. She has told me that this is a truly beautiful recording so I feel it is worth me giving her opinion as I just love music without knowing anything about it.
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As with Vol 1 of these Lutheran Masses, the Sixteen sing with a thrilling clarity and precision that illuminates the music and ;fits the soul
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Wonderful recording-16 at their very best. Not something you hear every day,but well worth the listening.I would recommend it highly
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