J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Mass in B Minor

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Herbert vonKarajan
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Soloists:Gundula Janowitz, Soprano
Christa Ludwig, Contralto
Peter Schrier, Tenor
Robert Kerns, Baritone
Karl Ridderbusch, Bass
Individual Works:Complete B-minor mass BWV 232
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:439-696-2
Year Released/Recorded:1974
Total Playing Time:126' 07"
Comments:A Greene said:

Disappointingly poor ensemble in places; often plodding tempi; strange mixing; some poor intonation in the chorus-- these undercut the often excellent solo performances. I wouldn't recommend this one!

Sasha Bufetov said:

Fascinating. The soloists' team is perfect (maybe except Ridderbusch), maestro von Karajan at his best.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • A Greene
  • Sasha Bufetov
Date First Submitted:02/16/1998