J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Missae BWV 234 & 235 + Sanctus BWV 238

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Philippe Herreweghe
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Chorus and Orchestra of Collegium Vocale Ghent
Soloists:Agnes Mellon, soprano
Gerard Lesne, alto
Christoph Pregardien, tenor
Peter Kooy, bass
Individual Works:Missa BWV 235
Missa BWV 234
Sanctus BWV 238
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Virgin Veritas
Catalog Number:VC 7 91118-2
Year Released/Recorded:1990
Total Playing Time:64'16"
Comments:Steven Langley Guy said:

Very attractive performances of two of the short Masses with the Sanctus BWV 238 - which features SATB voices, cornett, 2 violins, viola, continuo. Bruce Dickey plays the cornett and this is clearly the best recording of this short work to date (later recordings by Pickett and McCreesh are also good but this one is a real winner!). This work shows how the cornett (cornetto/zink) 'locks' into the soprano voice sound and transforms the sound (as a cornettist myself - my favourite baroque 'special effect'). The two Missae are performed with great beauty and the soloists (Mellon, Lesne, Pregardien & Kooy) are at the top of the field. Music of Bach that should be heard more often. The same forces also recorded the other two Missae for the VIRGIN label but, alas, I do not have this CD.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Steven Langley Guy
Date First Submitted:05/23/1999