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Bach: Mass In B Minor / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 10/30/2007 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1701   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter KooyGerd TürkCarolyn SampsonRobin Blaze,   ... 
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This performance of the B minor Mass has everything: great playing, sensational singing from the soloists and chorus, ideal pacing, and a powerful feeling for the character of each movement as well as for the architecture of the whole massive musical edifice. Although Suzuki uses relatively small forces (18 singers, 11 strings), he never compromises the grandeur of such movements as the Sanctus, the opening of the Gloria, or the Credo's final Et expecto--and the concluding Dona nobis pacem must be accounted one of the most satisfying ever recorded. Taken a touch slower than the Gratias, whose music it shares, Suzuki's conception has a rhetorical splendor that caps the performance like the dome on a
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The soloists are uniformly strong, and are major names in Bach perfomance. Carolyn Sampson leads the sopranos with a tone at once rich but still pure, and teams up with Rachel Nicholls for a gorgeous Christe eleison. Countertenor Robin Blaze is in excellent voice on this outing, and his Qui sedes hasn't a trace of the hollowness that sometimes mars his vocal production. Bass Peter Kooij is a veteran of this series. His dry-ish timbre and focused intonation (aided by gutsy horn-playing) make the Quoniam a highlight of the performance.

BIS's engineers wisely put a good bit of space around the players, which allows the big choruses to fill the room while giving just the right prominence to the trumpets and drums. The result, whether in stereo or multichannel formats, gives the music tremendous physicality and impact. Make no mistake, this is one of the great versions of Bach's masterpiece.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano),
Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Rachel Nicholls (Soprano), Gerd Türk (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2007 
Venue:  Chapel, Kobe Shoin Women's University 
Length: 106 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Classical Greek and Latin. 

Sound Samples

Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Kyrie: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Kyrie: Christe eleison (Soprano I and II)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Kyrie: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Gloria: Et in terra pax (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Gloria: Laudamus te (Soprano II)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Gloria: Domine Deus, Rex coelestis (Soprano I and Tenor)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Gloria: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Bass)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Credo: Credo in unum Deum (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Credo: Patrem omnipotentem (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Credo: Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum (Soprano I and Alto)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Credo: Et incarnatus est (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Credo: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Credo: Et resurrexit tertia die (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Credo: Et in Spiritum Sanctum (Bass)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Credo: Confiteor unum baptisma (Chorus a cappella)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Credo: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Sanctus: Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Osanna: Osanna in excelsis (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Benedictus: Benedictus qui venit (Tenor)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Benedictus: Osanna in excelsis (Chorus)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (Alto)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem (Chorus)

Customer Reviews

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 Gratia et Gloria Dei December 21, 2013 By George Thompson (Gonzales, LA) See All My Reviews "From the album cover we understand that Bach's Mass in B Minor belongs in the cathedral and not the concert hall. Suzuki offers a compelling reading of this supreme masterpiece of Christian worship that stands in awe at the grace and glory of the Triune God. The recording is excellent." Report Abuse
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