Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232


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Editor's Choice - August 2010



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31st May 2010




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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Breitkopf Edition, edited by J. Rifkin

Susan Hamilton (soprano), Cecilia Osmond (soprano), Margot Oitzinger (alto), Thomas Hobbs (tenor) & Matthew Brook (bass)

Dunedin Consort & Players, John Butt (director)

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“The ensemble is nigh perfect… the freshness with which they sing radiates joy throughout the entire score." Classic FM Magazine

"The Dunedin Consort's exemplary singers produce virtuoso choruses that are theatrically charged, splendidly poised and exquisitely blended.” Gramophone

The Dunedin Consort’s recording of Bach’s Mass in B Minor revisits the spectacular individual virtuosity that made the Messiah recording so successful. This is the premiere recording of the work in the new Breitkopf edition, edited by Joshua Rifkin, a leading thinker in authentic period performance, who fully endorses John Butt’s interpretation.

Bach’s Mass capitalizes on the very essence of the group’s skills: skilled virtuosic choral performance coupled with outstanding, characterful solo singing.

Bach’s Mass in B Minor is undoubtedly his most spectacular choral work and the Dunedin Consort’s single-voice performance enables a level of clarity and expression that is not traditionally a feature of modern choral performance.

This recording features several soloists from the acclaimed recording of Bach’s Matthew Passion, which was named the BBC Music Magazine’s Benchmark.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Kyrie eleison (Chorus)

Christe eleison (Soprano 1 and 2)

Kyrie eleison (Chorus)

Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus)

Et in terra pax (Chorus)

Laudamus te (Soprano 2)

Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)

Domine Deus (Soprano 1, Tenor)

Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)

Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto)

Quoniam tu solus Sanctus (Bass)

Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)

Credo in unum Deum (Chorus)

Patrem omnipotentem (Chorus)

Et in unum Dominum (Soprano 1, Alto)

Et incarnatus est (Chorus)

Crucifixus (Chorus)

Et resurrexit (Chorus)

Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum (Bass)

Confiteor unum baptisma (Chorus)

Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (Chorus)

Sanctus (Chorus)

Osanna (Double Chorus)

Benedictus (Tenor)

Osanna - Da capo (Double Chorus)

Agnus Dei (Alto)

Dona nobis pacem (Double Chorus)

The Observer

23rd May 2010

“[The] constantly changing texture makes us listen afresh to the beauty of Bach's astonishing vocal writing. It's a joy to hear the principal singers...working together as a chorus, moving like a precision machine, each line clear and uncluttered under John Butt's meticulous direction. A definitive recording.”

Sunday Times

20th June 2010


“Butt opts for 10 solo voices, his liner notes justifying when lines should be sung by two voices and when by just the one...His performance is powerful and beautifully shaped”

The Independent

13th June 2010

“The Dunedin Consort's premiere recording of Joshua Rifkin's scholarly edition of Bach's B-minor Mass has many attractive features: the emphatic "k" that launches the first Kyrie (the orchestra sounding on the vowel), closely dovetailed counterpoint...and a calm but purposeful sense of narrative.”

The Times

12th June 2010


“Surely no other recording of Bach’s B Minor Mass bounces along with such joy as this...Lots of clarity, too, partly thanks to the slimmed-down forces, featuring only ten voices clouds cover the instrumental finesse in an interpretation that eschews weighty grandeur for light and smiling exultation.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2010

“...the Dunedin Consort and Players are never perfunctory or merely dogmatic...Butt's insightful direction and scholarship, integrated with the Dundin's extremely accomplished instrumental playing and consort singing, amount to an enthralling and revelatory collective interpretation”

BBC Music Magazine

August 2010


“Butt's players generate a lively sense of forward motion...No performance could better justify small-scale Bach than this convincing marriage of scholarship and inspiration.”

The Guardian

22nd July 2010


“It's a performance full of air and lightness; the instrumental textures have a springing, dancing vitality, the voices are perfectly focused, and agile...overall this is a fascinating and hugely rewarding account of one of the imperishable masterpieces of the western musical tradition.”

Graham Rogers

26th May 2010

“Butt’s direction is generally sound, sometimes inspired. The initial Kyrie deftly combines a measured, serious tread with vital buoyancy and momentum; the lively Cum Sancto Spiritu has terrific flair...The chief benefits of the one-to-a-part choir are agility and clarity, particularly welcome in the fiendishly complex fugues.”

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