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J S Bach - Lutheran Masses Volume II

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release date: February 2014

Originally recorded in 2013


The Sixteen Orchestra

The Sixteen


St Augustines Church, Kilburn, London

20-24 May 2013


Mark Brown


Mike Hatch

Record Label
Coro Records


Vocal & Song


Total Time - 73:42
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Mass In G Major, BWV 236

1 Kyrie 4:22
2 Gloria 5:08
3 Gratias 5:04
4 Domine Deus 4:10
5 Quoniam 5:03
6 Cum Sancto Spiritu 3:51

Cantata 79 - Gott der Herr ist Sonn' und Schild, BWV 79

7 Coro: Gott der Herr ist Sonn' und Schild 4:53
8 Aria: Gott ist unsre Sonn' und Schild 3:02
9 Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott 1:49
10 Recitativo: Gottlob, wir wissen den rechten Weg 1:03
11 Aria: Gott, ach Gott, verlaß die Deinen nimmermehr 3:09
12 Chorale: Erhalt uns in der Wahrheit 0:57

Mass In A Major, BWV 234

13 Kyrie 6:19
14 Gloria 5:34
15 Domine Deus 6:39
16 Qui Tollis 5:55
17 Quoniam tu solus 3:13
18 Cum Sancto Spiritu 3:31
  TT 73:42      

BACH: Lutheran Masses, Vol. II – The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Volume II completes The Sixteen’s mini-series and features Bach’s Lutheran Masses in G major, BWV 236 and A major, BWV 234 plus the Cantata, BWV 79, Gott der Herr ist Sonn’ und Schild. This cantata was written in Leipzig in 1725 for Reformation Day and parodies from it appear in both of the featured Masses.

Bach was a Lutheran church musician devoted to the composition of sacred music in German. He wrote more than 200 cantatas for the liturgy, most of them in Leipzig. Despite their name, the four Lutheran Masses feature almost no Lutheran material. Each of them sometimes referred to as Missa brevis, musically Bach made them up almost entirely of movements borrowed from his own cantatas but, while they are often overshadowed by the more famous Mass in B minor, their beauty is that they represent a choice of Bach’s finest cantata movements.

Despite their exquisite beauty, featuring splendid choruses and deeply moving arias, there are relatively few recordings of the Lutheran Masses. On this new collection just eight singers from The Sixteen perform them, which allows the beauty of the virtuosic vocal lines to be heard with absolute clarity.

 "... a favorable recommendation."

J F Weber - Fanfare - September/October 2014

 "... a distinguished performance ... There are wonderful and musical performances: hear them if you can."

David Stancliffe - The Early Music Review No 160 - June 2014

                          ’Editor Recommended - Vocal ’

"...Strongly recommended."

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - Gramophone magazine - June 2014

 "... There are surely few other chamber ensembles that are capable of acheiving such equality of line between the vocal and the instrumental... All members of the Sixteen are equally at home as soloists and choral singers, but the coordination between soprano Juia Doyle and bas Eammonn Dougan in ’Gott, ach Gott’ stands out, down to individual flicks of vibrato. This is a very fine recording of these lesser-known works."  ****

Nicholas Brown - Early Music Today magazine - June-August 2014

                    ***/****    Good/Excellent

Claudio Bolzan - Musica magazine (Italy)  - April 2014

                             Performance ****          Recording ****

"... With scrupulous instrumental underpinning, a natural recorded sound, and Julia Doyle’s ravishing ’Qui tollis’, this is a worthy successor to Vol 1."

Paul Riley - BBC Music magazine - May 2014

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