Notes & Reviews:
The Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and Yorkshire Bach Choir were formed in 1973 as the basis of the famous York Early Music Festival, and have built a firm reputation as one of the finest ensembles in the world in their performance and interpretation of 17th and 18th century music. Under their director Peter Seymour they return to disc with a fine selection of soloists to perform Bach's Mass in B Minor. Their 2009 disc of Bach's St John Passion, also on Signum, was released to excellent reviews.
"The Gloria is delightfully sprung...the sense of uninhibited joy and praise is exhilarating...Bethany Seymour's glorious soprano is subtle but unaffected, especially in some striking ornaments...Sally Bruce-Payne is remarkably countertenorish, entrancing in a slow, tender Agnus Dei...this excellent performance ranks among the best." -BBC Music Magazine
"There are some stellar recordings of Bach's great Mass around, but this spirited performance from Peter Seymour's York-based forces shouldn't sink with trace. Plus points: warm-toned, well sustained choral singing; meticulously articulated instrumental work (Yorkshire Baroque Soloists); and Peter Harvey's world-class bass solos." -The Times
"The Yorkshire Bach Choir and Baroque Soloists again respond alertly and open-heartedly in the full ensemble, which is where the greatest rewards are reaped. Directness affords the soaring choruses of the Gloria a rare luminosity, and to those of the Credo added ingredients of space and elegance, among the bustle of contrapuntal sparring. Much of the momentum is also achieved by judicious decisions on spaces between movements." -GramophoneNotes & Reviews:
Recording information: Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, UK (04/16/2010-04/18/2010).
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Works DetailsBach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232
- Conductor: Peter Seymour
- Ensemble: Yorkshire Bach Choir
- Notes: Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, UK (04/16/2010-04/18/2010)
- Running Time: 95 min. 22 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1748-1749