J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Mass in B Minor

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Frans Bruggen
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Orchestra of the 18th century/Netherlands chamber choir
Soloists:Jennifer Smith - soprano
Michael Chance - counter-tenor
Nico van der Meel - tenor
Harry van der Kamp - bass
Individual Works:Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:426 238-2
Year Released/Recorded:1989
Total Playing Time:1h44m28s
Comments:Ehud Shiloni said:
1. on period instruments
2. live recording (vredenburg,utrecht)
3. heart piercing performance of the "agnus dei" by counter-tenor michael chance

Joshua Copeland said:

This recording is tha best that I have ever heard and I have heard them all. I chose this recording because I thought the cover was pretty.(this was before I really started to love Bach) The tempos were all very brisk and have not even been matched by Gardnier!!!!! For a choir of 28, the sound is absolutely amazing! If you are a pure tone soprano fan like me, there is no better section in the world. This is the only recording, and I mean the only recording where the sopranos consistantly hit the high b's and sound like one voice. The CD store near my house hates me because I always have the feeling that somewhere out there, there might be a better recording. Well as the store can tell you, I have returned all of the ones that don't live up to the Netherlands Chamber Choir. My favorite part in the Mass is the interpretation of the "Gloria." Bruggen uses solists from the choir at the fugue section of "et in terra pax." He slows the tempo down a little bit but when the whole choir comes in after the exposition, the effect is amazing! Also, check out the "Osanna." You can hear every single voice line even with the double choir setting. I can't emphasize enough how amazing the sopranos are in this choir. PERFECTION! and it is a live recording. If any one can find a better recording please e-mail me. However, if the recording you recomend pales in comparison, be prepared for a scathing response!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ehud Shiloni
  • Joshua Copeland
Date First Submitted:03/26/1998