Notes & Reviews:
Surely no other recording of Bach's B Minor Mass bounces along with such joy as this... Lots of clarity, too, partly thanks to the slimmed-down forces, featuring only ten voices ... no clouds cover the instrumental finesse in an interpretation that eschews weighty grandeur for light and smiling exultation.
The Dunedin Consort and Players are never perfunctory or merely dogmatic... Butt's insightful direction and scholarship, integrated with the Dundin's extremely accomplished instrumental playing and consort singing, amount to an enthralling and revelatory collective interpretation
BBC Music Magazine
Butt's players generate a lively sense of forward motion... No performance could better justify small-scale Bach than this convincing marriage of scholarship and inspiration.
It's a performance full of air and lightness; the instrumental textures have a springing, dancing vitality, the voices are perfectly focused, and agile... overall this is a fascinating and hugely rewarding account of one of the imperishable masterpieces of the western musical tradition.
bbc.co.uk - Graham Rogers
Butt's direction is generally sound, sometimes inspired. The initial Kyrie deftly combines a measured, serious tread with vital buoyancy and momentum; the lively Cum Sancto Spiritu has terrific flair... The chief benefits of the one-to-a-part choir are agility and clarity, particularly welcome in the fiendishly complex fugues.
Butt opts for 10 solo voices, his liner notes justifying when lines should be sung by two voices and when by just the one... His performance is powerful and beautifully shaped
The Dunedin Consort's premiere recording of Joshua Rifkin's scholarly edition of Bach's B-minor Mass has many attractive features: the emphatic "k" that launches the first Kyrie (the orchestra sounding on the vowel), closely dovetailed counterpoint... and a calm but purposeful sense of narrative.
[The] constantly changing texture makes us listen afresh to the beauty of Bach's astonishing vocal writing. It's a joy to hear the principal singers... working together as a chorus, moving like a precision machine, each line clear and uncluttered under John Butt's meticulous direction. A definitive recording.
Recording information: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (09/13/2009-09/17/2009).
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Works DetailsBach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232
- Performers: Thomas Hobbs (Tenor); Cecilia Osmond (Soprano); Matthew Vocal] (Baritone); Susan Hamilton
- Conductor: John Butt
- Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (09/13/2009-09/17/2009)
- Running Time: 94 min. 35 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1748-1749