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Bach: Mass In B Minor / Klemperer, Baker, Gedda, Prey

Release Date: 09/25/2006 
Label:  Emi Studio Catalog #: 63364   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Agnes GiebelHermann PreyDame Janet BakerNicolai Gedda,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraBBC Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: - Hours - Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Agnes Giebel, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Hermann Prey, Franz Krass; BBC Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer. EMI Classics CDMB 63364 [2 CDs]

Dated though his conception may be, Klemperer’s account of the B minor Mass has a majesty no other version quite matches. It proceeds from an ennobled, benevolent, Olympian view of the score, and while it sounds decidedly Romantic as a realization, conveys deep feeling and fully realizes the spirit behind the score. Klemperer’s chorus and soloists (Baker in particular) are warmly committed, and the playing of the New Philharmonia shows admirable polish. The recording, from 1967, is spacious if somewhat grainy in texture. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to
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Works on This Recording

Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Agnes Giebel (Soprano), Hermann Prey (Baritone), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Franz Crass (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: Oct-Nov 1967 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Latin. 

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