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Bach: Mass In B Minor / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Ghent

Release Date: 05/19/2009 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 93197   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Catherine PatriaszHoward CrookPeter KooyBarbara Schlick,   ... 
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium VocaleGhent Collegium Vocale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Herreweghe is all lyricism and mysticism; he's very mellow, and you either like it or you don't. The Mass has plenty of competition on CD, and the one that comes closest in mood to this one is Leonhardt's (on EMI Deutsche Harmonia Mundi), but Herreweghe's is even more alluring. Pitch is at 415. There's not quite enough of the celebratory feeling one likes in the bright passages, but the reason for that is two-fold: Herreweghe doesn't go for it and neither do his engineers. The aural finish here is again matte, but it's beautiful the way cream going into a tall glass of iced coffee is beautiful. His singers are splendid, except for a less-than-perfect Catherine Patriasz—but again, as usual no one ever sings loudly (and believe me, you Read more occasionally want them to). The muted quality is fascinating, but it is definitely muted. The orchestra also is wonderful, save for a wayward natural horn in the Quoniam. And so, it’s your call. If you're looking for a lot of noise, look elsewhere; but I wouldn't do without this—it makes the world seem a better place.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Catherine Patriasz (Soprano), Howard Crook (Tenor), Peter Kooy (Bass),
Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Catherine Patriasz (Alto), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Minderbroederskerk, Ghent 
Length: 146 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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