Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass In B Minor
Label: harmonia mundi
Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel
Johann Sebastian Bach
Performance with solo voices, which has become the trademark of Cantus Cölln, should not be seen as a dogmatic position in this version of the B minor Mass, but as an alternative style of interpretation. It allows the often extremely complicated contrapuntal web of Bach's polyphonic style to be presented with great clarity. Hence it becomes possible to hear interrelations that are usually drowned in generalised sonic exhilaration. In such movements as the 'Et incarnates' and the 'Crucifixus' the personal emotional statement becomes much more individual and striking.