Bach: Mass In B Minor

Martin Pearlman & Boston Baroque

Bach Mass In B Minor
  • CAT # 80517-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Kyrie: Kyrie eleison 9:25
    2. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Kyrie: Christe eleison 4:45
    3. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Kyrie: Kyrie eleison 3:06
    4. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo 1:42
    5. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Gloria: Et in terra pax 4:07
    6. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Gloria: Laudamus te 4:14
    7. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi 3:05
    8. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Gloria: Domine Deus 5:23
    9. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi 2:56
    10. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Gloria: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris 4:17
    11. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus 4:42
    12. Bach: Mass in B Minor: I. Missa / Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu 3:33
    DISC TWO  
    1. Bach: Mass in B Minor: II. Symbolum Nicenum: Credo in unum Deum 1:40
    2. Bach: Mass in B Minor: II. Symbolum Nicenum: Patrem omnipotentem 1:58
    3. Bach: Mass in B Minor: II. Symbolum Nicenum: Et in unum Dominum 4:11
    4. Bach: Mass in B Minor: II. Symbolum Nicenum: Et incarnatus est 2:48
    5. Bach: Mass in B Minor: II. Symbolum Nicenum: Crucifixus 2:54
    6. Bach: Mass in B Minor: II. Symbolum Nicenum: Et resurrexit 3:42
    7. Bach: Mass in B Minor: II. Symbolum Nicenum: Et in Spiritum Sanctum 5:40
    8. Bach: Mass in B Minor: II. Symbolum Nicenum: Confiteor 4:08
    9. Bach: Mass in B Minor: II. Symbolum Nicenum: Et exspecto 2:09
    10. Bach: Mass in B Minor: III. Sanctus: Sanctus 5:04
    11. Bach: Mass in B Minor: IV. Osanna, Benedictus, Angus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Osanna in excelsis 2:42
    12. Bach: Mass in B Minor: IV. Osanna, Benedictus, Angus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Benedictus 4:22
    13. Bach: Mass in B Minor: IV. Osanna, Benedictus, Angus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Osanna in excelsis 2:41
    14. Bach: Mass in B Minor: IV. Osanna, Benedictus, Angus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Agnus Dei 4:46
    15. Bach: Mass in B Minor: IV. Osanna, Benedictus, Angus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Dona nobis pacem 4:19

In 1981, Martin Pearlman conducted the ensemble now known as Boston Baroque in the Boston period instrument premiere of the mighty Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach—at that time, it was only the second such performance to be known in the country. In the Boston Globe, music critic Richard Dyer praised the performance, calling it “…A major reassessment of how this music can sound, and an extension of our vocabulary of feeling as we listen to it.” Now Pearlman and his professional ensemble bring the perspective of nearly twenty years of experience with the score, as well as the latest scholarship available, to this recording that culminated the group’s 25th Anniversary Season in the Spring of 1999.

Pearlman chose an outstanding cast of soloists to help bring this virtuosic score to life. Nicole Heaston is a recipient of the Richard Tucker Award, and has sung leading roles with the Houston Grand Opera, the Dusseldorf Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. Both Theodora Hanslowe and Ellen Rabiner appear regularly at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as well as in distinguished opera houses throughout the world. Tenor Mark Tucker has performed and recorded with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, John Eliot Gardiner, and Rene Jacobs, and is well known as an interpreter of baroque and classical repertoire. Bass-baritone Nathan Berg has performed in recital, opera and in concert with major symphony orchestras internationally. The current season finds him touring throughout Europe and Asia.

Pearlman and Boston Baroque recently made international headlines with the world premiere Telarc recording of The Philosopher’s Stone (CD-80508), in a highly praised performance of a collaboratively-composed Singspiel with music newly attributed to Mozart. Upcoming in the fall of 2000 will be a recording of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, featuring soprano Christine Goerke in the title role.

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