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a monumental and thoughtful vision of Bach's great Mass,
This review is from: Bach: Mass in B minor (Audio CD)
These days, period-instrument ensembles dominate Bach performance. The best of them indeed offer lively, moving and insightful readings. However, this recording demonstrates that the symphonic tradition has its own unique insights to offer on Bach's inexhaustible, multi-faceted musical heritage.
Eugen Jochum offers profoundly moving readings of some of the work's expressive highlights. His readings of the more jubilant choruses may not possess the dance-like liveliness of the best "authentic" performances, but they are still fluent and exuberant. And despite his large forces, Jochum often achieves exemplary clarity of texture. Admittedly, some movements are too forceful and emphatic, a fault that also affects most of the soloists. But then, no recording of this great masterpiece will please all listeners in all movements.
If you are looking for just one recording of this work, I would still recommend a period-instrument reading. However, I strongly recommend this deeply-felt performance for all listeners who believe that Bach's vision is too rich and varied to be exhausted by one performance tradition.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2014, 16:44:04 GMT
I couldn't agree more. Allow me to add that this version is included in the very reasonably priced 11 CD set "Bach: Die grossen Chorwerke", ASIN B004MUI4CU. That set offers a pre-historically authentic versions of the Mass in B minor, both passions, all 3 oratorios, the Magnificat and Cantata BWV 147.
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