The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists are renowned of their spectacular performances of Bach's epic masterpiece, which they have toured extensively. During their last tour (in Munich, Frankfurt, Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Paris) there was a stampede for tickets and they performed every night in full houses, to spellbound audiences. This album is the culmination of the tour: it was recorded in an open session in London, and captures the special atmosphere of the concerts. It is presented in a 2-CD casebook and contains a booklet featuring original notes by John Eliot Gardiner translated in English, German and French.
The quality of theRead more performance is superb, and the booklet notes, extracted from Mr. Gardiner’s excellent recent book “Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven,” are exemplary.
– New York Times
From the outset here, Gardiner’s meticulous grasp of the detail and architecture in tandem is almost terrifyingly auspicious. His admiration for this work is palpable in every bar. In the grip of its conceits and its virtuoso executancy, captured in the strikingly immediate recorded sound of LSO St Luke’s, this High Mass joins a distinguished discography at high table.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:
Meg Bragle (Mezzo Soprano),
Esther Brazil (Soprano),
Hannah Morrison (Soprano),
Kate Symonds-Joy (Mezzo Soprano),
Peter Davoren (Tenor),
Nick Pritchard (Tenor),
Alex Ashworth (Baritone),
David Shipley (Bass)
John Eliot Gardiner
English Baroque Soloists,
Period: Baroque Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany
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Good but misses Gardiner's own high barFebruary 1, 2018By Howard H. (Houston, TX)See All My Reviews"Of course Gardiner's B minor Mass recording from the 80s set a new standard for performance. I was irrepressibly curious how this release stacked up. Sadly, I can't say this performance surpasses the earlier one except in its weightier Sanctus. Some movements are so fast and breathless that musical elements are glossed over and lost. The tenor section can seem to be barking at times, while the basses produce a strange growling tone. But this is Gardiner so there is much to enjoy, but comparing it to his own high bar, I was disappointed."Report Abuse