Bach: Mass in B Minor

Posted on Oct 23, 2005

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor

Program notes by Michael Steinberg (San Francisco Symphony)
(with recommended recordings and books)

Article by John Butt from the Oxford Composer Campanions (Academy of Ancient Music)

Article by Bernard D. Sherman (from Goldberg)
(on historically informed performance practice, with reviews of selected recordings)

Latin text, with instrumentation for each movement (Walter Bischof, University of Alberta)

English translation of the text (Z. Philip Ambrose, University of Vermont)

CD Recordings

Historically informed (following Baroque performance practice):

Diego Fasolis, Coro della Radio Svizzera (Italian Swiss Radio Chorus) and Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Arts Music (1999)
Recording info. at

Conductor’s pick:

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir, Deutsche Grammophon Archiv (1986)
Recording info. at Deutsche Grammophon

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Vienna Boys Choir & Chorus Viennensis, Teldec (1968)
Recording info. at

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Virgin Veritas (1988)
Recording info. at Virgin Classics

Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln, Harmoni Mundi (2003)
Recording info. at

Robert King, Tölz Boys Choir & The King’s Consort, Hyperion (1996)
Recording info. at Hyperion

Ton Koopmann, Amsterdam Baroque Choir & Orchestra, Erato (1994)
Recording info. at

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort & Players & Tölz Boys Choir, EMI/Angel/Virgin (1984)
Recording info. at Virgin Classics

Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble, Nonesuch (1982)
Recording info. at

Modern (“traditional”) (not informed by modern scholarship on Baroque performance practice):

Georges Enescu, Boyd Neel String Orchestra, BBC Choral Society & Symphony Chorus, BBC Legends (1951, live)

Eugen Jochum, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, EMI Classics (1980)
Recording info. at EMI Classics

Otto Klemperer, New Philharmonia Orchestra & BBC Symphony Chorus, EMI Classics (1967)
Recording info. at EMI Classics

Karl Richter, Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra, Deutsche Grammophon Archiv (1961)
Recording info. at Deutsche Grammophon

Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart & Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Sony Classical (1977)
Recording info. at Sony Classical

Hermann Scherchen, Vienna Symphony & Vienna Academy Chamber Choir, Westminster (1959) (Deutsche Grammophon)
Recording info. at

Robert Shaw, Robert Shaw Chorale & Orchestra, RCA Living Stereo (1960)
Recording info. at

CD Reviews

by Teri Noel Towe at Bach Cantatas Web site
(critical discography of recordings up to 1989)

by Bernard D. Sherman
(article on performance practice and reviews of selected recordings)

by Dan Davis at ClassicsToday (Scherchen)

from Gramophone Magazine at the Boychoir Symposium (King)
(also a review of Haydn: Mass in Time of War)

by David Hurwitz at ClassicsToday (new Rilling)

by Raymond Tuttle at Classical Net (Shaw RCA)

Composer’s Biography Web site

Grove Concise Dictionary of Music

Timothy A. Smith’s Web site

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