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Mass in B Minor Bwv 232 [Import, Original recording reissued]

J.S. Bach Audio CD
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listen  1. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Kyrie Eleison (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 9:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Christe Eleison (Soprano I & II)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Kyrie Eleison (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Gloria In Excelsis (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Et In Terra Pax (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Laudamus Te (Soprano II)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Gratias Agimus Tibi (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Domine Deus (Soprano I & Tenor)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Qui Sedes AD Dextram Patris (Alto)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus (Bass)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Missa: Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Credo In Unum Deum (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Patrem Omnipotentem (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et In Unum Dominum (Soprano I & Alto)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et Incarnatus Est (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Crucifixus (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et Resurrexit (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et In Spiritum Sanctum Dominum (Bass)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Confiteor (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Symbolum Nicenum: Et Expecto (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Sanctus: Sanctus (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Sanctus: Osanna In Excelsis (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Sanctus: Benedictus (Tenor)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Sanctus: Osanna In Excelsis (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (Alto)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mass In B Minor Bwv 232, Agnus Dei: Dona Nobis Pacem (Chorus)Dame Emma Kirkby/Emily Van Evera/Panito Iconomou/Christian Immler/Michael Kilian/Rogers Covey-Crump/David Thomas/Taverner Consort/Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B00005RFSB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate and gorgeous October 14, 2003
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This is my favorite recording of the Mass in B Minor. Working on a small scale (one singer per part, as opposed to the more usual larger chorus), Parrott creates a performance that is warm, intimate, and joyous. Kirkby's and Van Evera's sopranos blend beautifully. The alto parts are taken by a boy whose voice is passionate and not all that smooth, which only adds to the overall "human" feeling of the performance. There's a lot of disagreement about whether Bach should be performed "big" or "small." (This is probably very much a matter of personal taste. Parrott's small-scale version of the St. John Passion, for instance, seems thin to me -- I like Suzuki's bigger recording with the Bach Collegium Japan.) But with the B-minor Mass, in this particular version, small works. The richness of the music is still there, but with the grandeur and remoteness of the larger chorus pared away, you're somehow aware that real people (albeit gorgeous-voiced ones) are singing it. Other recordings make me admire the Mass; this is the one that makes me love it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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No performance of Bach's B minor Mass could ever be totally dull, but the recording by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, which is included in the Brilliant Classics Complete Bach Box, comes close. I listened to part of it last night, and decided to search through other versions in my collection to find the best! A foolish idea, of course, but I dug up the original release on vinyl of Parrott's offering, with the divine Emma Kirkby singing soprano. The "shtick" for that performance was the decision to sing everything, choruses included, one on a part. There were outcries of delight and despair at the time. Hearing it again, after some years, I'd say it sounds amazingly vibrant and musical, with the soprano-alto duets surpassing those of any subsequent performance. I like it so well that I'd buying this re-released CD version immediately.

The "best" is elusive. John Eliot Gardiner's recording of 1990 has by far the most thrilling instrumental passages, and the most emotive overall interpretation. Philippe Herreweghe's more orotund choral sound and instrumental stateliness is wonderful, also. Those are the only three choices worth considering: Parrott, Gardiner, and Herreweghe. A real Bachophile will need to have all three.

Whoa! Same day, afterthought. I forgot the excellent and quite distinct performance conducted by Ton Koopman, who takes the slow and mournful movements more poignantly than anyone else. If a crucified and resurrected B minor is what you crave, then Koopman is your best choice.

Oy! Next day: I've been justly chided for haste in declaring only three recordings worthy of interest. Aside from those three, there are also fine performances by Koopman (noted above), Suzuki, and Leonhardt.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best January 10, 2005
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Parrott and Rifkin's approaches, based on the theory of 'one singer per part', cultivate a different kind of taste in Baroque music. People who are used to large choirs might find their versions significantly lacking in grandeur and power at the first listening. But as I said, it's an acquired taste, and once the penetrating clarity of a smaller choir starts to set in, you'll find a completely different Bach, clean, crisp and full of vigour. A perfect antidote to those so called 'interpretations' and mawkish romanticism imposed on the true Baroque. Highly recommended.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE IT ON FAITH May 22, 2005
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This recording dates from Bach's tercentenary in 1985. I had been used all my life to the B minor Mass given the epic treatment - not on the Crystal Palace Handel Festival scale, but with a large orchestra and chorus. To this day I'm only partially convinced that the new one-voice-per-choral-line style is the only way the work can be done. What Bach allegedly `intended' doesn't seem to me to settle the issue - I suspect that if he had had any opportunity of any kind to give a performance he might have been quite flexible regarding its scale. This is true after all of much choral music of the time. Handel availed himself of big battalions when he could get them, and he had 500 performers for Zadok the Priest on one occasion, although that work makes its effect perfectly well with a small chorus. In general the pseudo-purist view that there is only one way of doing things was a later phenomenon. Had you known that nearly all the music of the B minor Mass is actually recycled from Bach's earlier works? There is a flaw somewhere in the romantic reasoning that so sublime a composition must have descended from on high, the composer swept along on a divine afflatus that dictated its unique perfection. Even the Sanctus itself, perhaps the greatest thing in a work where transcendental greatness seems the norm, dates from the composer's 30's. If the music itself was put together on such a mix-and-match basis, surely there can be more than one way of performing it.

What a scholarly interpretation like this ought to do for us is to make our minds more flexible and our receptivity to the music more adaptable. The scale of the forces employed really has nothing to do with the scale of the inspiration or of its impact on us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best!
I've listened to many recordings of Bach's Mass in B Minor and without question this recording is my favorite. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Knight Telekinetic
4.0 out of 5 stars Mass in B minor review
Enjoyed this version of Bach's Mass. It's nice to
hear it one voice on a part - quite different than
the sometimes overpowering big choir recordings. Read more
Published on February 11, 2012 by Keith K
4.0 out of 5 stars Bach: Mass in B Minor
Whilst it has been said that this recording of Bach's Mass in B Minor is a touch clinical, I have to admit I actually prefer this to other recordings. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intimate Rendition of Bach's Greatest Work
Parrott's performance with the Taverner Consort of Bach's magnificent Mass in B minor is rightly considered to be one of the best recordings currently available. Read more
Published on July 23, 2010 by Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE UNDERNOURISHED FOR MY TASTE
In my lifetime the number of performers deemed necessary to perform Bach's major choral works has shrunk from a fairly mammoth scale to almost nothing. Read more
Published on April 26, 2007 by Klingsor Tristan
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Human
Those who have read my previous reviews of baroque music might be very surprised that I'm enthusiastic about this release, as I have always leaned toward grand scale in these... Read more
Published on December 16, 2005 by Derek Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully intimate!
Amazing how one 'rotten apple' can drop this beautiful recording by a complete star! I will not reiterate the excellent positive reviews to date - the Rifkin & Parrott versions of... Read more
Published on July 3, 2005 by Giradman
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Gardiner's Set.
This is some of the best music I have ever heard and I am a Muslim. Andrew Parrott's outstanding version easily towers over Gardiner's attempt. Read more
Published on December 25, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't make the same mistake I did...
I bought this as part of a box set that came with Bach's St. John Passion and Christmas and Easter Oratorios--a great bargain (or so I thought... Read more
Published on August 27, 2003
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