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Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 - BWV 102, 233 & 235 / The Sixteen, Christophers

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass for 3 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G minor, BWV 235 (BC E5)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 102, "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben" BWV 102
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass for 3 voices, chorus, orchestra & continuo in F major, BWV 233 (BC E6)

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass for 3 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G minor, BWV 235 (BC E5)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 102, "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben" BWV 102
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass for 3 voices, chorus, orchestra & continuo in F major, BWV 233 (BC E6)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

It is with great delight that CORO announces the release of the first of two new recordings of J.S. Bach's Lutheran Masses by The Sixteen. The fact that The Sixteen has not performed or recorded such a wealth of Bach's music in nearly 20 years makes this a uniquely exciting project! Sometimes called "Missa brevis," the Masses are almost entirely made up of movements borrowed from Bach's Cantatas but, while they are often overshadowed by the more famous Mass in B minor, the beauty of these short Masses is that they represent Bach's own choice of his finest Cantata movements. Despite their exquisite beauty, featuring splendid choruses and deeply moving arias, there are relatively few recordings of the Lutheran Masses.

Opera Now
[The Sixteen] performs with outstanding virtuosity and dedication.

BBC Music Magazine
As musically intelligent and invigorating as we have come to expect from this ensemble, with first rate solo singing and orchestral playing.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The four Lutheran Masses of JS Bach are constructed from movements of earlier church cantatas. Others engage in more extensive and subtle reworking of the earlier material. The Lutheran Masses all have the same format. They are quite extended settings of the Greek Kyrie and Latin Gloria texts that Martin Luther allowed in his Formula Missae. The Kyries are set for choir and the Glorias all consist of five movements. The release by Harry Christophers and The 16 is the first of two volumes. The performances are vibrant. Of the singers, probably the most familiar name will be countertenor Robin Blaze, whose tone is exceptionally polished and refined.

The Observer, 6th October 2013
The Sixteen and Christophers performed these works [at King's Place's Bach Unwrapped], with small forces - two voices to a part - and an expert instrumental ensemble who contribute precise, highly energised solo playing and continuo.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
The freshness, agility and precision of the performances, animated by Christophers's buoyant direction, are a constant pleasure.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
Christophers positions himself halfway between the Purcells and Amsterdamers, settling on a choir of eight voices with predictably transparent results...Christophers's customary precision and gracefulness are evident throughout.

International Record Review, May 2014
Collectively, the soloists form an agile and efficient choir, and this is essential in music that is often technically difficult...The performances are excellent and the sound quality pleasingly clear and natural.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (05/20/2013-05/24/2013).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass for 3 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G minor, BWV 235 (BC E5)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (05/20/2013-05/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 102, "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben" BWV 102
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (05/20/2013-05/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/25/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass for 3 voices, chorus, orchestra & continuo in F major, BWV 233 (BC E6)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Notes: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (05/20/2013-05/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1738-1739