JS Bach - Missae breves BWV233-36 | Harmonia Mundi - Heritage HMY292193940

JS Bach - Missae breves BWV233-36


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Label: Harmonia Mundi - Heritage

Cat No: HMY292193940

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th September 2016



In comparison to his 200 or so cantatas, the masses take up only a minimal portion of Bach’s enormous output; they are dominated, of course, by the celebrated (and Catholic) Mass in B minor, which Cantus Cölln recorded in 2003. Contrary to what their Latin titles might seem to imply, the four short masses, composed in Leipzig between 1735 and 1744, belong to the sphere of the Reformed liturgy, and are therefore limited to the Kyrie and Gloria, with just six separate numbers in each mass.

“Konrad Junghänel brings finesse and clarity to the music, but there is also plenty of excitement… Cantus Cölln's unity of approach between voices and instruments is outstanding.” - BBC Music Magazine, October 2008

“Konrad Junghänel and his musicians incline towards small forces with only two voices for each of the four vocal strands and a commensurately lean string ensemble. The resulting translucency and butterfly-light articulation are unmatched by any competing vision.” - BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2007 *****

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