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Gächinger Kantorei|J.S. Bach: Messe in B Minor, BWV 232

J.S. Bach: Messe in B Minor, BWV 232

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Freiburger Barockorchester, Hans-Christoph Rademann

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Bach's Mass in B minor, BWV 232, is unique among his works in that it evolved over a period of years, beginning with a Sanctus written in 1724, continuing through a Kyrie and Gloria of 1733 and the remainder of the movements written at the end of Bach's life, and extending even beyond that into not fully specified revisions made by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to the damaged manuscript. This new recording from a crack group of mostly German musicians and conductor Hans-Christoph Rademann is perhaps the first to incorporate the 1733 sections, using a new edition of the mass made by the Carus label and publishing company on which the recording appears. These are intriguing; Bach's impulse seems to have been to simplify the "Lombardic" rhythms in two of the sections of the Gloria. But really bigger news is the all-around excellent performance, combining soberness, transparency, great feeling, and superlative work from all the soloists, but especially English mezzo Carolyn Sampson. Rademann deploys a 32-voice choir, right in the sweet spot between heavy traditional choir performances and unacceptably minimal readings that assume the choirs Bach used were what he would have wanted if money were no object. It's matched by an orchestra of roughly the same size, and the result is a reading that's agile, rich when the text and music call for it, and precise in the delineation of Bach's lines. Rademann's tempi tend toward the quicker side in the joyous outer polyphonic movements, balanced by quiet intensity in the central text junctions. Sample the Incarnatus from the Credo, CD two, track four, for an example of how the superb Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra respond to Rademann's leadership. The former group, much underrated, illustrates how Germany's high-quality regional choirs are making the transition to medium-sized historical performances that really fit their dimensions better than traditional performances usually did. In all, this is a historically informed performance that reflects the best German traditions. Carus' live sound from the Liederhalle in Stuttgart has great immediacy and hardly sacrifices any of the clarity that makes this such an impressive reading of the great B minor Mass.
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Kyrie eleison I
Gächinger Kantorei
00:09:58

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

2
Christe eleison
Carolyn Sampson
00:04:48

Carolyn Sampson, Performer - Anke Vondung, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

3
Kyrie eleison II
Gächinger Kantorei
00:02:35

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

4
Gloria in excelsis
Gächinger Kantorei
00:01:35

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

5
Et in terra pax
Gächinger Kantorei
00:04:34

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

6
Laudamus te
Carolyn Sampson
00:04:06

Carolyn Sampson, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

7
Gratias agimus tibi
Gächinger Kantorei
00:02:11

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

8
Domine Deus
Carolyn Sampson
00:05:21

Carolyn Sampson, Performer - Daniel Johannsen, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

9
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Gächinger Kantorei
00:03:16

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

10
Qui sedes ad dextram Patris
Anke Vondung
00:04:26

Anke Vondung, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

11
Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Tobias Berndt
00:04:06

Tobias Berndt, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

12
Cum Sancto Spiritu
Gächinger Kantorei
00:03:41

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

DISC 2

1
Credo in unum Deum
Gächinger Kantorei
00:01:40

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

2
Patrem omnipotentem
Gächinger Kantorei
00:01:53

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

3
Et in unum Dominum
Carolyn Sampson
00:04:22

Carolyn Sampson, Performer - Anke Vondung, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

4
Et incarnatus est
Gächinger Kantorei
00:03:23

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

5
Crucifixus
Gächinger Kantorei
00:03:04

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

6
Et resurrexit
Gächinger Kantorei
00:03:38

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

7
Et in Spiritum Sanctum
Tobias Berndt
00:04:44

Tobias Berndt, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

8
Confiteor
Gächinger Kantorei
00:02:42

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

9
Et expecto
Gächinger Kantorei
00:03:14

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

10
Sanctus
Gächinger Kantorei
00:02:15

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

11
Pleni sunt coeli
Gächinger Kantorei
00:01:54

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

12
Osanna
Gächinger Kantorei
00:02:27

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

13
Benedictus
Daniel Johannsen
00:04:27

Daniel Johannsen, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

14
Osanna (Da capo)
Gächinger Kantorei
00:02:30

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

15
Agnus Dei
Anke Vondung
00:05:34

Anke Vondung, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

16
Dona nobis pacem
Gächinger Kantorei
00:02:58

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

17
Domine Deus (Version Based on the Autograph Score)
Carolyn Sampson
00:05:40

Carolyn Sampson, Performer - Daniel Johannsen, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

18
Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Version Based on the Autograph Score)
Tobias Berndt
00:04:20

Tobias Berndt, Performer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

19
Sanctus (1724 Version)
Gächinger Kantorei
00:02:00

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

20
Pleni sunt coeli (1724 Version)
Gächinger Kantorei
00:02:03

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Choir - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra - Hans-Christoph Rademann, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Mass Text, Lyricist

(C) 2015 Carus (P) 2015 Carus

Album Description

Bach's Mass in B minor, BWV 232, is unique among his works in that it evolved over a period of years, beginning with a Sanctus written in 1724, continuing through a Kyrie and Gloria of 1733 and the remainder of the movements written at the end of Bach's life, and extending even beyond that into not fully specified revisions made by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to the damaged manuscript. This new recording from a crack group of mostly German musicians and conductor Hans-Christoph Rademann is perhaps the first to incorporate the 1733 sections, using a new edition of the mass made by the Carus label and publishing company on which the recording appears. These are intriguing; Bach's impulse seems to have been to simplify the "Lombardic" rhythms in two of the sections of the Gloria. But really bigger news is the all-around excellent performance, combining soberness, transparency, great feeling, and superlative work from all the soloists, but especially English mezzo Carolyn Sampson. Rademann deploys a 32-voice choir, right in the sweet spot between heavy traditional choir performances and unacceptably minimal readings that assume the choirs Bach used were what he would have wanted if money were no object. It's matched by an orchestra of roughly the same size, and the result is a reading that's agile, rich when the text and music call for it, and precise in the delineation of Bach's lines. Rademann's tempi tend toward the quicker side in the joyous outer polyphonic movements, balanced by quiet intensity in the central text junctions. Sample the Incarnatus from the Credo, CD two, track four, for an example of how the superb Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra respond to Rademann's leadership. The former group, much underrated, illustrates how Germany's high-quality regional choirs are making the transition to medium-sized historical performances that really fit their dimensions better than traditional performances usually did. In all, this is a historically informed performance that reflects the best German traditions. Carus' live sound from the Liederhalle in Stuttgart has great immediacy and hardly sacrifices any of the clarity that makes this such an impressive reading of the great B minor Mass.
© TiVo

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