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Mass in B Minor


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  • Performer: Stuttgart Bach Collegium, Juliane Banse, Sibylla Rubens, James Taylor
  • Orchestra: Stuttgart Bach Collegium
  • Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hanssler Classics
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004S584
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Kyrie Elieson
2. Christe Eleison
3. Kyrie Eleison
4. Gloria In Excelsis Deo
5. Et In Terra Pax
6. Laudamus Te
7. Gratias Agimus Tibi
8. Domine Deus
9. Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi
10. Qui Sedes Ad Dextram Patris
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Credo In Unum Deum
2. Patrem Omnipotentem
3. Et In Unum Dominum
4. Et Incarnatus Est
5. Crucifixus
6. Et Resurrexit
7. Et In Spiritum Sanctum
8. Confiteor
9. Et Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum
10. Sanctus
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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Here is an unerringly traditional view of Bach's Mass in B Minor, using a big-sounding chorus (building, edifice-like in the "Gratias agimus tibi," rising magnificently in "Cum Sancto Spiritu," accompanied by bullish brass playing) and a modern-instrument orchestra securely underpinned by a bracing continuo line. Rilling's soloists, too, are the antithesis of the androgynous, slightly anonymous voices so often encountered in period-instrument performances (witness the soprano duet in the "Christe," where the two voices are clearly differentiated and they sound like female voices, not flutey trebles). Speeds tend to be unrushed (not unreasonable in a work of this gravitas), in some cases positively stately, and always avoiding the suspicion, sometimes encountered, that the instrumentalists can't quite keep up with the conductor. There is plenty of fine solo work from both singers and players, such as Andreas Schmidt's "Et in Spiritum Sanctum," the solo violin in "Laudamus te," or the oboe d'amore in "Qui sedes." Altogether a worthwhile addition to the catalogue and sure to appeal to anyone wanting a recording of this work that is neither old-fashioned nor slavishly authentic. --Harriet Smith

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Musicus on July 31, 2006
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I didn't expect to find a b-minor mass leaving no wishes open. But here it is! I have a great collection of classical music, including a lot of Bach recordings, among them three b-minor masses. Still it is rare that receiving one CD box makes me so happy! Everything here, down to the last detail, is wonderful! It's like a dream comes true. Occasions like this make me wish for more stars to give; the star inflation at Amazon make us miss stars when something really great occurs.
I wonder if I will ever listen to another version of this opus magnus...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Capizzi on October 17, 2008
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Among my six b minor mass recordings are Gardiner's and Klemperer's, so I am not easily impressed when I encounter a recording new to me. I purchased this set on the basis of Rilling's reputation as a Bach scholar and on the strength of several of his cantata sets. After the first hearing, I moved it to the top of my collection. Now, after several more times listening to it, I am in awe of Rilling's accomplishment. His soloists and choir are top drawer, his orchestral support even more so. The brass section especially plays with a gusto and clarity that is unmatched anywhere. Rilling has achieved a grandeur that is clearer than Klemperer and a fuller, more reverential, sound than Gardiner. Although all three are five star recordings, even in, as noted in a prior review, Amazon's vastly inflated ratings, I now find that i am going to Rilling's set for both enjoyment and study. I recommend it with great enthusiasm.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo on January 4, 2007
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This recording together with the Jochum version is one if not the best recording of this work. A modern instrument version which sounds at the right moments like a period instrument one (vibrato controlled) is perfect. See my review of Gardiner's version for more details of this recording.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David Glenn Lebut Jr. on October 7, 2000
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I got my copy from Border's Books and Music in Mesa, AZ. I found it to br one of the most sublime interpretations of this ultimate pinnacle in Latin figural music written by a Lutheran. Herr Rilling outdoes himself. I especially liked his treatment of the "Et Incarnatus" and "Crucifixus" movements in the Credo. In this recording, Rilling brings out all of Bach's power and sublimity.
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Amazon seems to have confused this MP3 version with an altogether different performance on CD. The reviews were collected from Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232. Read More
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