It is with great delight that we announce the first release of two new recordings of J.S. Bach’s Lutheran 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. Sometimes called ‘Missa brevis’, musically they 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. On this new collection just eight singers from The Sixteen perform the Masses allowing the beauty of the virtuosic vocal lines to be heard with absolute clarity.
'These Lutheran Works were long considered somewhat perfunctory and still tend to be overshadowed. [The Sixteen] display them in their rightful glory.' The Observer
'Both the performances and the recorded sound are clear and crisp, with a fairly light bass end and excellent definition all round... The Sixteen's singers acquit themselves superbly and, particularly impressive, throw off the exacting passagework in fast movements with crystalline sparkle.' International Record Review
The chamber music quality of the balanced sound of a group of musicians who know and respond to each other well is maintained. The performances are clean, balanced and musical, showing that Bach is best performed by intelligent musicians who can listen to each other rather than by superstars who want to display their egos. I look forward to the next volume.' Early Music Review
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J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Mass in G minor, BWV 235
4. Domine Fili
5. Qui tollis - Quoniam
6. Cum Sancto Spiritu
Cantata 102 - Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben! BWV 102
7. Coro: Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben!
8. Recitativo: Wo ist das Ebenbild, das Gott uns eingepräget
9. Aria: Weh der Seele, die den Schaden
10. Arioso: Verachtest du den Reichtum seiner Gnade
11. Aria: Erschrecke doch
12. Recitativo: Beim Warten ist Gefahr
13. Choral: Heut lebst du, heut bekehre dich
Mass in F major, BWV 233
16. Domine Deus
17. Qui Tollis
19. Cum Sancto Spiritu
Total running time: 74.07