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Bach: B Minor Mass / Konrad Junghanel, Cantus Colln


Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501813   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performance with solo voice, which has become the trademark of Cantus Cölln, should not be seen as a dogmatic position in this version of the B minor Mass, but as an alternative style of interpretation. It allows the often extremely complicated contrapuntal web of Bach's polyphonic style to be presented with great clarity. Hence it becomes possible to hear interrelations that are usually drowned in generalised sonic exhilaration. In such movements as the 'Et incarnatus' and the 'Crucifixus' the personal emotional statement becomes much more individual and striking. What is more, the altered performing conditions result in new, unexpected and surprising balances and sonorities. Performance with solo voice, which has become the trademark of Cantus Cölln, should not be seen as a dogmatic position in this version of the B minor Mass, but as an alternative style of interpretation. It allows the often extremely complicated contrapuntal web of Bach's polyphonic style to be presented with great clarity. Hence it becomes possible to hear interrelations that are usually drowned in generalised sonic exhilaration. In such movements as the 'Et incarnatus' and the 'Crucifixus' the personal emotional statement becomes much more individual and striking. What is more, the altered performing conditions result in new, unexpected and surprising balances and sonorities. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany 

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