NY Phil Mass in B Minor Thursday

May 22, 2013

The New York Philharmonic's "Bach Variations" festival continues at 7 PM Thursday with the Mass in B Minor - Bach's "most spectacular choral work," as the scholar and conductor John Butt calls it. He adds that its "combination of sizzling choruses and solo numbers covering the gamut of late-Baroque vocal expression render it one of the most joyous musical experiences in the Western musical tradition." In this concert, music director Alan Gilbert conducts, and the soloists are stellar: Dorothea Röschmann, soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano, Steve Davislim, tenor, and Eric Owens, bass-baritone

The first page of the Credo section of Bach's Mass in B minor. Scholars believe that parts of this section were Bach's last major original compositions, written in the last year of his life.
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