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J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor (Recordings 1946-1951)

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This account of Bach’s great Mass is important for the quality of the singing as well as for Enescu’s impressive overall conception. The singing of both Peter Pears in the Benedictus and Kathleen Ferrier in the succeeding Agnus Dei is truly exceptional.

Suzanne Danco – Soprano
Kathleen Ferrier – Contralto
Peter Pears – Tenor
Bruce Boyce – Baritone
Norman Walker – Bass
BBC Chorus
Boyd Neel Orchestra
George Malcolm – Harpsichord
George Enescu – Conductor

Transfers for this first issue were made from original 14″ BBC transcription discs by Engineer Roger Beardsley from the collection of Michael Letchford. We know of no other transcription from an original source and we are justly pleased with the much improved sound.

On This Recording

  1. Mass: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
  2. Mass: Christe eleison (Soprano 1 and 2)
  3. Mass: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
  4. Mass: Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus)
  5. Mass: Laudamus te (Soprano 2)
  6. Mass: Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)
  7. Mass: Domine Deus (Soprano 1, Tenor)
  8. Mass: Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
  9. Mass: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto)
  10. Mass: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus (Bass) – Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)
  11. Mass: Credo in unum Deum (Chorus)
  12. Mass: Patrem omnipotentem (Chorus)
  13. Mass: Et in unum Dominum (Soprano 1, Alto)
  14. Mass: Et incarnatus est (Chorus)
  15. Mass: Crucifixus (Chorus) – Et resurrexit terita die (Chorus)
  16. Mass: Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum (Bass)
  17. Mass: Confiteor unum baptisma (Chorus)
  18. Mass: Sanctus (Chorus)
  19. Mass: Osanna (Double Chorus)
  20. Mass: Benedictus (Tenor)
  21. Mass: Agnus Dei (Alto)
  22. Mass: Dona nobis pacem (Double Chorus)
  23. St. Matthew Passion: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Part II: Aria: Erbarme dich
  24. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen: Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Ach bleibe doch, mein liebstes Leben