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    Default Bach's Mass in B (I have just been blown away by Suzuki)

    I bought Suzuki's interpretation of Bach's Mass in B just before the weekend and have been listening to it today and it's just staggeringly beautiful. I have Gardiner's and Herreweghe's both of which I love. Especially Gardiner (am collecting his cycle of cantatas) and was wondering for ages whether to get the Suzuki. But am I glad I did. It is jaw dropping and the sound is just incredible. Listening to the Gloria: Et in terra pax and Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi I sat just rapt thinking "Oh my god..."

    If anyone has the slightest interest in choral music - you simply must buy this cd, it's incredible.

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    I heard someone on the local classical station play Minuet in G by Bach.
    It was real beautiful.
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    IDK if JsB ever wrote anything in B. But maybe he did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luchesi View Post
    IDK if JsB ever wrote anything in B. But maybe he did.
    Don't make me come over there and slap you.

    You know that he wrote WTC and WTC II, both of which have a Prelude and Fugue in all 12 major keys and all 12 minor keys.

    Prelude and Fugue in B major, BWV 868


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    yes, it is an amazing rendition of the Mass.
    Be sure to check the 2020 new recording of St Matthew Passion. Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan do know how to convey Bach's message.
    Additionally, you might be interested in this "live online" rendition of the St John Passion from this year:



    I was curious about the new tempos choice by Suzuki for This SJP rendition . It seems much faster than how he usually performs it, and I wonder if that's how he nowadays view as the right tempo for the Passion. Any thoughts, people?
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    Bach's B Minor Mass is one of his greatest works. I first came to know it from Nikolaus Harnoncourt's recording from the 1970s with Concentus Musicus Wien, but have found several recordings in each decade since that I enjoy as much if not more.

    John Eliot Gardiner
    Phillipe Herreweghe
    Andrew Parrott
    Joshua Rifkin
    Konrad Junghanel
    Sigiswald Kuijken
    Thomas Hengelbrock

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    Topic from 2008
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Topic from 2008
    The topic is timeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Topic from 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    The topic is timeless.
    What's 12 years to a piece that's a few hundred years old?

    This piece is so old, the candles cost more than its birthday cake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    Bach's B Minor Mass is one of his greatest works. I first came to know it from Nikolaus Harnoncourt's recording from the 1970s with Concentus Musicus Wien, but have found several recordings in each decade since that I enjoy as much if not more.

    John Eliot Gardiner
    Phillipe Herreweghe
    Andrew Parrott
    Joshua Rifkin
    Konrad Junghanel
    Sigiswald Kuijken
    Thomas Hengelbrock
    I still prefer the interpretation of the Hohe Messe by Ton Koopman for Erato. I am not in awe of Suzuki, as many are. I have nothing with the famous Archiv recording by Gardiner, but am quite impressed by his second recording for his own SDG label.

    It would be great if Ton Koopman would release a new Hohe Messe recording. He performed the piece in Gent, Belgium, recently, of which a bootleg recording is circulating, I heard parts of it and it was really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NLAdriaan View Post
    I still prefer the interpretation of the Hohe Messe by Ton Koopman for Erato. I am not in awe of Suzuki, as many are. I have nothing with the famous Archiv recording by Gardiner, but am quite impressed by his second recording for his own SDG label.

    It would be great if Ton Koopman would release a new Hohe Messe recording. He performed the piece in Gent, Belgium, recently, of which a bootleg recording is circulating, I heard parts of it and it was really good.
    I would think that Ton Koopman's recording would also be one I'd like but I haven't heard it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Don't make me come over there and slap you.

    You know that he wrote WTC and WTC II, both of which have a Prelude and Fugue in all 12 major keys and all 12 minor keys.

    Prelude and Fugue in B major, BWV 868

    I meant a large work for which he chose the key of B major.
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    One which is well worth looking up is Karajan’s 1950s recording made in Vienna and London. It is surprisingly ‘modern’ in tone

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    I highly recommend checking out this version from "The Netherlands Society" with Van Veldhoven as conductor. The quality of the video recording is also great!


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