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Lutheran Masses / Mass in a Major

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In 1979 it was inconceivable; even in 1989 it seemed radical if not ridiculous. By 1999, however, performing Bach's choral music with one singer and player per part had started to catch on. Around 1982 Joshua Rifkin first argued that Bach composed most of his sacred music for an ensemble of soloists; when Rifkin recorded the Mass in B Minor that way, he had few defenders and many outraged detractors. Gradually other Baroque specialists such as Andrew Parrott and Jeffrey Thomas tried this approach; now the (augmented) Purcell Quartet presents Bach's four brief "Lutheran" Masses with top-notch soloists--Volume 1 is not only a sterling example of one-on-a-part Bach, it's an outstanding performance, period. The singers blend beautifully with the early instruments, Susan Gritton (the only mainstream opera singer of the bunch) in particular keeping her vibrato well under control. Once you hear, say, the Kyrie of the G Minor Mass, in which each singer in turn takes up the winding fugue subject from the first oboe, or the A Major Mass, in which the flutes take up a fugue subject from the singers and (for once) are audible, a choral performance of these pieces may seem odd. --Matthew Westphal

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  • Performer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Alexandra Bellamy, Robin Blaze, Peter Buckoke, Peter Harvey, et al.
  • Orchestra: Susan Gritton
  • Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00000J8QP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,972 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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