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Bach: Mass in B minor

11.01.2016 00h15

The Mass in B Minor, Bach’s last completed vocal work as well as the climax of his creativity, reveals the overwhelming wealth of his compositional skills. In the history of music it ranks highly, as the “Montblanc of church music” (Franz Liszt) – composed during Bach’s time as cantor at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Performed in this important composer’s domain, the Mass in B Minor casted a spell over its listeners as the crowning glory of the Leipzig Bach Festival in 2013: Under the direction of Bach’s successor Georg Christoph Biller, the St. Thomas Boys Choir and an outstanding soloist quintet perform with the prestigious Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, playing on authentic period instruments.

Georg Christoph Biller: “Religious music must be communicative and at the same time meditative. It must speak to people without patronization and lead them without seduction toward a state of balance.

Arte is broadcasting the 2013 recording from the St. Thomas Church Leipzig on Monday, 11 January 2016 at 00h15.

 

Johann Sebastian Bach
Mass in B Minor BWV 232

St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Georg Christoph Biller

Reglint Bühler (Soprano)
Susanne Krumbiegel (Mezzo-Soprano)
Susanne Langner (Alto)
Martin Lattke (Tenor)
Markus Flaig (Bass)


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