J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Mass in B Minor

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Konrad Junghaenel
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Cantus Coeln
Soloists:Johanna Koslowsky, Mechthild Bach, Monika Mauch, Susanne Ryden (sopranos)
Elisabeth Popien, Hennig Voss (alto) Hans-Joerg Mammel, Wilfried Jochens (tenors)
Stephen Schreckenberger, Wolf-Matthias Friedrich (basses)
Individual Works:Mass in b, BWV 232
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:harmonia mundi france
Catalog Number:901813.14
Year Released/Recorded:2003
Total Playing Time:100' 40"
Comments:Fang-Lin Hou said:

Recorded One-Voice-Per-Part (or Two in tuttis), Junghaenel's recording of the B minor Mass is yet another proof that Joshua Rifkin and Andrew Parrott's minimalist theory about performing Bach's vocal oevure can work and so satisfactorily for those who attempt to associate the Cantor with composers who preceded him stylistically: Schuetz, Rosenmueller, even Monteverdi.

Jordan Sayers said:

This new (2003) disc, directed by Konrad Junghanel, has become my favorite recording of the Mass in B minor. The performance, with solo voices, allows one to hear the vocal counterpoint that can not be appreciated as clearly in a larger choir performance (for example, the "Crucifixus" is more intimate than I ever thought possible). The Hickox recording on Chandos is the best alternative to those not comfortable with OVPP.
In short, if you loved Junghanel's "Actus Tragicus" (BWV 4, 12, 106 & 196), then this new recording of the Mass in B minor will not dissapoint. Very, very highly recommended!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Fang-Lin Hou
  • Jordan Sayers
Date First Submitted:09/06/2004