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Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232


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The Concerto Copenhagen, the leading Scandinavian ensemble for historical performance practice, is currently regarded worldwide as one of the most remarkable and imaginative orchestras in this field under its artistic director Lars Ulrik Mortensen. The orchestra’s vitality, sense of style, and communicative talent have become its trademarks. Accordingly, CPO has decided to release Bach’s Mass in B minor on two SACDS (moreover, in quality surround sound) featuring this extraordinary ensemble and top-class soloists. The Mass in B minor is regarded as one of the outstanding achievements of music history. On the present recording the orchestra’s instrumental dimensions correspond to those of Bach’s own ensemble here too the customary lower concert pitch from his times forms the tuning standard. However, the use of solo voices in most of the choral numbers is disputed. This conflict goes back to various extremely controversial theories introduced in 1981 by the American conductor and musicologist Joshua Rifkin, who believed that most of Bach’s choral works were intended for solo voices. The harpsichordist and conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen describes this idea as a new approach that »slowly but surely is changing our entire idea of Bach’s tonal universe and in my opinion numbers among the most important modern insights into historical performance practice. When compared with more traditional, larger ensembles, the relation between vocalists and instrumentalists changes completely, so that the music necessarily becomes much lighter and more transparent. The vocal parts are ‘individualized’ there is a more pronounced contrast between ‘individual’ and ‘group,’ which generally is an extremely important architectonic aspect in Bach’s vocal music. Therefore, it is both possible as well as necessary to bring to light countless details that otherwise would have been lost. Accordingly, in the choral numbers the soloists are in each case reinforced by a single ripieno singer. The audio depth and transparency are breathtaking!
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Item number 777851-2
Barcode 761203785124
Release date 1/8/2016
Category Choral
Label CPO
Media type SACD
Number of units 2
Performers
Classical Artist Mortensen, Lars Ulrik
Orchestra Concerto Copenhagen
Disc: 1
Mass in B Minor, BWV 23202:15:46
1 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Kyrie eleison 00:09:01 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
2 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Christe eleison 00:04:46 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Keohane, Maria Lunn, Joanne Concerto Copenhagen
3 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Kyrie eleison II 00:03:35 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
4 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Gloria in excelsis 00:01:42 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
5 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et in terra pax 00:04:13 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
6 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Laudamus te 00:04:13 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Lunn, Joanne Concerto Copenhagen
7 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Gratias agimus tibi 00:02:59 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
8 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Domine Deus 00:05:05 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Keohane, Maria Kobow, Jan Concerto Copenhagen
9 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Qui tollis peccata mundi 00:02:35 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
10 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Qui sedes ad dextram Pat 00:04:16 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Potter, Alex
11 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus 00:04:32 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Harvey, Peter Concerto Copenhagen
12 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Cum Sancto Spiritu 00:03:48 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
Disc: 2
Mass in B Minor, BWV 23202:15:46
1 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Credo in unum Deum 00:01:49 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
2 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Patrem omnipotentem 00:01:56 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
3 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et in unum Dominum 00:04:18 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Keohane, Maria Concerto Copenhagen Potter, Alex
4 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et incarnatus est 00:02:42 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
5 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Crucifixus 00:03:00 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
6 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et resurrexit 00:03:41 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
7 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et in Spiritum Sanctum 00:05:29 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Harvey, Peter Concerto Copenhagen
8 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Confiteor 00:03:56 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
9 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Et expecto 00:02:10 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
10 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Sanctus 00:04:59 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Potter, Alex Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
11 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Osanna 00:02:43 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Keohane, Maria Kobow, Jan Lunn, Joanne Harvey, Peter Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Potter, Alex Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
12 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Benedictus 00:04:13 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Kobow, Jan Concerto Copenhagen
13 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Osanna (Da capo) 00:02:42 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Keohane, Maria Kobow, Jan Lunn, Joanne Harvey, Peter Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Potter, Alex Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
14 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei 00:05:33 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Potter, Alex
15 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Dona nobis pacem 00:03:24 Mortensen, Lars Ulrik Concerto Copenhagen Torp, Else Jespersen, Jakob Bloch Watson, Christopher Villadsen, Valdemar Kappelin, Hanna
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