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on 19 November 2015
This is a sublime performance!
Bach vocal masterpieces performed by individual soloists rather than choirs with soloists provide an intimate and very powerful experience and this is probably the finest version of the B Minor mass with this configuration that I have heard. It is also quite likely to be more authentic to what Bach's audience would have heard which, in my view, is a definite "plus".
The playing and conducting are simply outstanding- fresh, vigorous and clear, with an energy and lightness that produce a tremendously exciting experience for the listener. The soloist are also outstanding, especially for their very clear articulation of the text and respect for each other when singing in combination. One of the highlights within an abundance of riches is the "Sanctus". The individual solos are also memorable, especially the "Laudamus Te" and the "Et in spiritum sanctum".
I have longed admired the Joshua Rifkin version of the Mass in B Minor with the Bach Ensemble, but this recording takes the work to an even higher level. Fittingly it uses Rifkin's edition of 2006
For me, this is one of the very greatest recordings of the Mass in B Minor I have ever heard.