JS Bach - Mass in B minor
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Cat No: CD301415
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 23rd April 2021
ArtistsAleksandra Lewandowska (soprano)
Zoe Brookshaw (soprano)
Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo-soprano)
Alex Potter (countertenor)
Valerio Contaldo (tenor)
Stephan MacLeod (bass)
Gli Angeli Geneve
From its creation in 2005, Gli Angeli Genève has approached Bach’s music with two singers per part: i. e. eight singers for most of the cantatas, eight singers for the St John Passion, sixteen for the St Matthew Passion and its two choirs (as our recording published by Claves in April 2020 shows), ten for the Magnificat (where the choirs have five parts) or for the Mass in B minor (where a complement of twelve singers would be more logical because of the six-part Sanctus). Two singers per part in the choirs is the number of singers in Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach’s choir for many of his great oratorios, and the number of singers in Joseph Haydn’s choir for many of his masses. But here again, these historical realities are not the basis of our approach and choice. A musician may be justified in his need to legitimize his aesthetic choices by his knowledge of history, but if the search for authenticity becomes the sole driving force behind his work, he may go astray. It is therefore another factor that attracts and motivates us.
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