J.S. Bach
Four Shorter Masses BWV 233-236
& Sancti BWV 237-240
BACH 7012

Agnes Giebel, soprano / Lotte Wolf-Matthäus, alto / Franz Kelch, bass.
Reinhold Barchet, violin / Friedrich Milde, oboe.

The Schwabian Choral Singers and Tonstudio Orchestra, Stuttgart,
Hans Grischkat, conductor.

For the Four Shorter Masses, or Missae Breves, Bach drew on some of the finest movements in his cantata writing.

These are splendid and powerful works in their own right, though they are little-known and not much recorded.

That they have been somewhat neglected can be explained partly by their being overshadowed by the B-Minor Mass, also by the fact that the shorter masses are composed almost entirely of movements from Bach's cantatas. And yet, the beauty of these shorter masses is precisely that they represent Bach's own choice of his finest cantata movements.

Underlying the musical enjoyment however lies an interesting question: Why was Johann Sebastian Bach, a devout confirmed Lutheran working in a Lutheran city for a Lutheran Church and City Council... why was he writing Masses in Latin - and why were these Shorter Masses created almost entirely out of previous compositions?

Read the fascinating story of a clandestine conspiracy between Bach and a certain Bohemian Count Anton von Sporck to foil the forces of evil and religions bigotry!  Count Anton von Sporck

BACH 701

1: MASS No. 1 in F Major, BWV 233
Part 1: KYRIE - Chorus / GLORIA - Chorus
Bass Aria: Domine Deus
Soprano Aria: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Part 2: Alto Aria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
CHORUS: Cum sancto spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

2: MASS No. 2 in A Major, BWV 234
Part 1: KYRIE - Chorus / GLORIA - Chorus
Bass Aria: Domine Deus
Soprano Aria: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Part 2: Alto Aria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
CHORUS: Cum sancto spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

Renate Krahmer, Soprano / Annelies Burmeister, Alto
Peter Schreier, Tenor / Theo Adam, Bass
DRESDNER KREUZCHOR / DRESDNER PHILHARMONIE
Conductor: Martin Flämig

CHORALE SETTINGS

3: In dulci jubilo, BWV 368
4: Three Chorales from the Magnificat BWV 243
   Vom Himmel hoch / Freut euch und jubiliert
   Gloria in excelsis Deo
5: Denket doch, ihr Menschenkinder
6: Ich bin ja, Herr, in deiner Macht, BWV 345

Rostocker Motettenchor - Capella Fidicinia Orchestra, Leipzig
Conductor: Hartwig Eschenburg

BACH 702

1: MASS No. 3 in g minor, BWV 235
Part 1: KYRIE - Chorus / GLORIA - Chorus
Bass Aria: Gratias agimus tibi
Alto Aria: Domine Fili
Part 2: Tenor Aria: Qui tollis peccata mundi
CHORUS: Cum sancto spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

2: MASS No. 4 in G Major, BWV 236
Part 1: KYRIE - Chorus / GLORIA - Chorus
Bass Aria: Gratias agimus tibi
Soprano/Alto Duet: Domine Deus
Part 2: Tenor Aria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
CHORUS: Cum sancto spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

Renate Krahmer, Soprano / Annelies Burmeister, Alto
Peter Schreier, Tenor / Theo Adam, Bass
DRESDNER KREUZCHOR / DRESDNER PHILHARMONIE
Conductor: Martin Flämig

CHORALE SETTINGS

3: Eins ist not, ach Herr, BWV 304
4: Gib dich zufrieden, BWV 315
5: O Gott, du frommer Gott
6: Jesu, meines Herzens Freud', BWV 361
7: Jesu, du mein liebstes Leben, BWV 356
8: Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende, BWV 434

Rostocker Motettenchor - Capella Fidicinia Orchestra, Leipzig
Conductor: Hartwig Eschenburg


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