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B Minor Mass

J.S. Bach Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Kyrie/Kyrie eleison (Chorus) (1999 Remastered)12:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Kyrie/Christe eleison (Duet) (1999 Remastered) 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Kyrie/Kyrie eleison (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Gloria/Gloria in excelsis Deo... (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Gloria/...et in terra pax (1999 Remastered) 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Gloria/Laudemus te (Aria) (1999 Remastered) 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Gloria/Gratias agimus tibi propter (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Gloria/Domine Deus (Duet) (1999 Remastered) 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Gloria/Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Gloria/Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Aria) (1999 Remastered) 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Gloria/Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Aria) (1999 Remastered) 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Gloria/Cum sancto Spiritu in gloria (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Credo/Credo in unum Deum (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Credo/Patrem omnipotentum (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Credo/Et incarnatus est (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Credo/Crucifixus (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Credo/Et resurrexit (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Credo/Et in Spiritum sanctum (Aria) (1999 Remastered) 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Credo/Confiteor unum baptisma... (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Credo/...Et expecto (1999 Remastered) 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Sanctus/Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem/Osanna in excelsis (Chorus) (Remastered 1999) 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem/Benedictus (Aria) (1999 Remastered) 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem/Osanna in excelsis (da capo) (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem/Agnus Dei (Aria) (1999 Remastered) 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mass in B Minor, BWV 232/Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem/Dona nobis pacem (Chorus) (1999 Remastered) 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00001R3MY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,736 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Classic Shaw performance of the B Minor Mass. October 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I have worn out my vinyl records of this performance. The soloists are superb, particularly Adele Addison who did not record much after this. The Shaw Choral was composed of professionals and sounds it. Shaw has his usual rhythmic and tonal control -- and the result is magic.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performance with Draw backs yes... July 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I understand that this recording sounds a little muddy, but what do you expect?! ITS A HISTORIC RECORDING! Robert Shaw and Company recorded this album in 1960. It was THE FIRST AND ONLY recording of the B Minor Mass in the USA, for years! There is a reason why it won th 1960 Grammy Award for Best Choral Recording. Robert Shaw and company went all over the country in 1960 performing this piece in Farm Houses and School Gyms. Bringing this piece of Baroque Mastery to the numberless masses. Accounts of the day talk about people waiting in lines for 10 to 12 hours to hear this group perform THIS PIECE! Dogging this recording for bad recording practices is ok. I will give you that the sound is not crystal clear. But the performance of Chours, Soloist and Orchestra are OUTSTANDING. Know why this piece and this recording had the praise and acclades it had for so long. Own this CD and Own a Piece of History!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Blend December 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing recording. I want to say that I also own Klemperer and Gardiner's "definitive" recordings, one being ultra-romantic, the other being the polar opposite period performance. Both are fantastic in their own way; however, after a while with only "extremes" I felt I needed a blend. I knew just where to go. I bought this fantastic recording off Amazon, and was not disappointed. It does not have the blazing speed of Gardiner's recording, yet is never lethargic in places (as one could easily say about Klemperers). Overall, the tempos are perfect, with a mastery blend of quickness in the faster sections, and restrained romanticism in the slower ones. I also believe that this version surpasses Shaw's later, more restrained, 1990 version with Telarc; for while the latter recording's sonics are better, the earlier recording makes up for its technological flaws (which are not bad at all - it is Living Stereo) with intensity and spontaneity. Will I stop listing to Gardiner's or Klemperer's conceptions now that I have found my blend? - No, they are both brilliant in their own way, and "definitive" seems to be a fitting adjective for the beauty contained within each set. However, the B Minor Mass is one of the supreme achievements of Western music, and to have but one interpretation is doing yourself a great injustice. Robert Shaw's conception of Bach's masterpiece is just what I wanted, and this testament should be in every music lover's collection.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bach's Mass in b minor, R. Shaw Chorale and Orchestra January 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Normally, the music of Bach would warrant a rating of no less that five stars. However, Robert Shaw was able to over interpret and change Bach's greatest choral work to the point that it sounds Romantic. The articulations throughout are much too legato, in both the chorus and the orchestra, and the broad ritards at the end of each and every movement get tiresome. In fact, the tempos during the entire Mass are a bit too slow. In addition to this, Shaw takes the liberty of changing several chorale sections to small vocal ensembles sections. He obviuosly does this for dynamic contrast, but it is uncharateristic. The solo work however, is beautiful. Overall, the effect is somewhat enjoyable, but if you are looking for a recording that is performed in a true Baroque style, you will want to look elsewhere.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Music, Good Interpretation, Muddy Recording August 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I recently read a new music thriller which jumps in time from Bach to Mozart to Beethoven to Wagner to Mahler to Webern, "The Last Cantata" by Philippe Delelis, Toby Press 2000, and was most intrigued with the author's use of Bach's numerology, particularly with regard to this Mass and the Mozart Requiem. So I went to play the Mass, and found I didn't have a copy. I then ordered this Mass from amazon, and played it immediately when I received it. The Mass is superb, with no hesitation. The performers and Robert Shaw, the Director, are all that can be asked for.
Yet the recording is most disappointing due to the Red Seal mastering and recording. The sound is totally mushy, as if I had recorded this as a bootleg with a hand cassette recorder. The orchestra mikes predominate, until the mix jacks up the soloists, and the chorus is left in the middle muddle.
Now I understand why Shaw left RCA for Telarc. Telarc knows how to record and master, and RCA screws up. It wasn't always that way: RCA knew how to record Strauss: "Also Spake zarathustra" in the early LP days. But they sure crucified Shaw with this recording. Res Ipsa Loquitur.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ***THERE ARE NO OTHER RECORDINGS LIKE THIS** May 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
From the opening "Kyrie Eleison", which you will feel down to your feet, to the closing "Dona Nobis Pacem" this CD will blow
your mind. I own the original LP which I happened to find at a used book store in South Philly for $7.00! You MUST play this
as loud as possible. It is earth shatteringly beautiful, sensitive, and leaves me breathless every time I listen to it.
Lucky for you this is on CD! I'm sending a copy to my mother right now!
ENJOY!!!!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Politically Incorrect Bach... and ain't it Grand! March 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm so happy this made it to CD, I'll park it next to my recordings of Beecham's Messiah, Oistrach's Bach violin concerti, Lehmann's Water Music, and Klemperer's Brandenburgs!

For too many years Baroque music was considered to be busy counterpoint-heavy, knitting-machine stuff. It had an undeserved bad rep similar to what Schoenberg's music has had now for a long while. Too intellectual, too academic, too remote.

By the middle of the Twentieth Century (The Age of Reason) some who saw great merit, commercial or otherwise, in Baroque music presented it to the public in a way that seemed perfectly legitimate, a way that, however, and in actuality, matched more the mood of the time and the needs of the market. You see, contemporary music of that era was already way too intellectual and academic, and "Romantic" music had fallen into disfavor since WWI. In 1960 only retired and somewhat suspect Teutons enjoyed the excesses of Wagner and Strauss, usually while wearing battered old helmets.

A romanticized Baroque was the perfect option, permitting lush romanticism within the context of an acceptable and rigorously worked-out intellectualized framework. The music was smart, stylish, and "cool" in a Stravinsky/Modern Jazz Quartet sort of way while still managing to be somewhat languorous and sexy. By the Seventies of course everyone was shooting for "historical accuracy," in other words trying to make Baroque music sound like Phil Glass and Steve Reich-like Rock and Roll.

Nobody cares to admit that we really have no idea how this music is supposed to sound. Doctorates are built on delusions about this subject.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
Probably the best performance of this work, very nicely preserved.
Published 4 months ago by David F. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic - One Of The Best B Minors Out There
Let me say straight out that the Bach recordings of John Eliot Gardiner are absolute anathema to my musical sensibilities, and that I find 90% of HIP performances of Baroque choral... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark E. Stenroos
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special performance
Outstanding interpretation of this beautiful and demanding music--the results of first taking this music on tour for weeks, performing every other night the whole Mass. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Thomas J. Haupert
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...inconsistency in the last review?
Forgive me if I did not catch the irony, but on first appearance the previous review (by wilbod) presents an intense philosophical discourse on the rediculousness and intellectual... Read more
Published on June 2, 2005 by Philip L. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Bach as Romantic Composer?
With its slower tempi and very legato playing and large forces, this does not sound at all like Bach, but rather something from Mozart's pen, or perhaps even later into the... Read more
Published on September 26, 2000 by David Gottner
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach at Best
Of course, Bach's music is always soothing to the soul and mind. Studies show that it is possible both Bach and Mozart's music aid in brain development in young children. Read more
Published on November 28, 1999 by kristen_in_6th@hotmail.com
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