B minor Mass
SSATB vocal soli, SSAATTBB choir, 2 flutes, 3 oboes/2 oboes d'amore, 2 bassoons, corno da caccia, 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Ulrich Leisinger. This edition: Linen cover. Latin Masses. Full score & DVD. With Text language: Latin. BWV 232. Duration 100 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3123201).
Item Number: CA.3123201
Bach's B minor Mass is among the greatest and most ambitious works of all time. The various stages of composition of the Mass occupied the composer for over two decades: beginning with the Sanctus (1724), by way of the "Missa" of 1733, to the remaining movements of the Ordinary, which were composed during his last years. Thus the Mass, in its wealth of forms with arias, duets, as well as concertante and fugal choruses, displays the essence of Bach's skill and personal style. The "greatest musical work of art of all times and all peoples" (to quote the enthusiastic Hans Georg Nageli, who first edited the Mass in 1818) and one of the most demanding choral works in the repertoire is presented by Frieder Bernius, the Kammerchor Stuttgart and the Barockorchester Stuttgart in a stellar recording based on the principles of historical performance practice (Carus 83.211).