Bach;Mass in B Minor
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 13.97 x 12.55 x 1.14 cm; 104.33 g
- メーカー : Angel Special Import
- EAN : 0077776336428
- レーベル : Angel Special Import
- ASIN : B000002S1K
- ディスク枚数 : 2
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Dated though his conception may be, Otto Klemperer's account of the B Minor Mass has a majesty no other version quite matches. It proceeds from an ennobled, benevolent, Olympian view of the score; and while it sounds decidedly Romantic, it conveys deep feeling and fully realizes the spirit behind the score. Klemperer's chorus and soloists (Janet Baker, in particular) are warmly committed, and the playing of the New Philharmonia shows admirable polish. The recording, from 1967, is spacious if somewhat grainy in texture. --Ted Libbey
The Philharmonia Chorus, trained by the legendary Wilhelm Pitz (who also led the Bayreuth Festival chorus) at this time was probably the best in the world. Klemperer's tempos are stately but full of life in their inward way, and the overall experience fills one with Bach's sense of joyful worship.
P.S. 2011 -- For anyone who is of an age or inclination to enjoy such old-fashioned grandeur and reverence in Bach, there are two other stereo versions of the B minor Mass that are pendants to this one. The first, under Karajan, dates from the same period of mid-Sixties and is distinctly more polished -- some might say overly polished -- with equally prominent opera singers as soloists. There are drawbacks to the sound on both the Klemperer and Karajan, the large choruses being particularly fuzzy, so there's little to choose between them. For a huge cathedral sound coupled with superb musicality, there is a live account under Giulini, taped by the BBC in 1972 (on BBC Legends). It is gentler than either of its rivals, and although live, the performance is of studio quality. One glitch may be the vast space of St. Paul's Cathedral, where the reverberation time is several seconds more than any concert hall, but the engineers have done a good job handling that.