Mass in B minor discography

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Recordings of the Mass in B minor, BWV 232, of Johann Sebastian Bach are shown here divided into three groups: "on modern instruments"; "on period instruments with choir"; and "on period instruments with one voice per part". Some recordings use boy's choirs for the soprano and alto lines (Bach was not allowed to use female singers in church services), and these are noted. Among those using one voice per part, a few reinforce the solo singer in the choral movements with an extra ripieno singer; these are noted. The selection is taken from the 207 recordings listed on bach-cantatas as of 2013, the number assigned there given as a reference.

On modern instruments[edit]

London Symphony Orchestra
Elisabeth Schumann, Margaret Balfour, Walter Widdop, Friedrich Schorr
{First complete recording of the work)
RCA Victor Chorale and Orchestra
Anne McKnight, June Gardner, Lydia Summers, Lucius Metz, Paul Matthen
{First complete American recording of the work)
Akademie-Kammerchor, Wiener Symphoniker
Emmy Loose, Hilde Ceska, Gertrud Burgsthaler-Schuster, Anton Dermota, Alfred Poell
Munich Boyd Neel Orchestra
Suzanne Danco, Kathleen Ferrier, Peter Pears, Bruce Boyce, Norman Walker
Wiener Singverein, Orchester der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Marga Höffgen, Nicolai Gedda, Heinz Rehfuss
RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Gunthild Weber, Margherita de Landi, Helmut Krebs, Karl Wolfram
Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn, Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra
Soloists: Ingeborg Reichelt, Elisabeth Fellner, Helmut Krebs, Franz Kelch
Akademie-Kammerchor, Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Pierrette Alarie, Nan Merriman, Léopold Simoneau, Gustav Neidlinger
Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra
Adele Addison, Saramae Endich, Florence Kopleff, Mallory Walker, Asa Barberian
Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester
Maria Stader, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger, Kieth Engen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
BBC Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra
Agnes Giebel, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Hermann Prey, Franz Crass
Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester
Ursula Buckel, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger, Peter van der Bilt
Gächinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Arleen Augér, Julia Hamari, Adalbert Kraus, Wolfgang Schöne, Siegmund Nimsgern
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir
Helen Donath, Brigitte Fassbaender, Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö, Roland Hermann, Robert Holl
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus
Sylvia McNair, Delores Ziegler, Marietta Simpson, John Aler, William Stone, Thomas Paul
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus
Felicity Lott, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hans Peter Blochwitz, William Shimell, Gwynne Howell
Windsbacher Knabenchor, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss (uses a boy's choir for upper choral lines)
Christine Schäfer, Ingeborg Danz, Markus Schäfer, Thomas Quasthoff
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Roberta Alexander, Ruth Ziesak, Jard van Nes, Keith Lewis, David Wilson-Johnson
Gächinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Sibylla Rubens, Juliane Banse, Ingeborg Danz, James Taylor, Andreas Schmidt, Thomas Quasthoff
Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester (uses a boy's choir for upper choral lines)
Ruth Holton, Matthias Rexroth, Christoph Genz, Klaus Mertens
  • Helmuth Rilling, Hänssler, 2007[19]
Gächinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Marlis Petersen, Stella Doufexis, Anke Vondung, Lothar Odinius, Christian Gerhaher, Franz-Joseph Selig

On period instruments with choir[edit]

Concentus Musicus Wien, Chorus Viennensis (uses a boy's choir for upper choral lines)
Rotraud Hansmann, Emiko Iiyama, Helen Watts, Kurt Equiluz, Max van Egmond
(first recording using period instruments)
La Petite Bande (Concert Master: Sigiswald Kuijken), Groningse Bachvereniging
Soloists: soloist of the Tölzer Knabenchor, Kevin Smith, Marius van Altena, Max van Egmond
Recorded live in Utrecht at Kader Holland Festival.
Collegium Musicum van De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, La Petite Bande
Isabelle Poulenard, Guillemette Laurens, René Jacobs, John Elwes, Max van Egmond, Harry van der Kamp
The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists
Nancy Argenta, Michael Chance, Elizabeth Wilcock, Stephen Varcoe, Carol Hall, Mary Nichols
RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Collegium Musicum 90
Nancy Argenta, Catherine Denley, Mark Tucker, Stephen Varcoe
Hillevi Martinpelto, Bernarda Fink, Christoph Prégardien, Matthias Goerne, Franz-Josef Selig
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Barbara Schlick, Kai Wessel, Guy de Mey, Klaus Mertens
Collegium Vocale Gent
Johannette Zomer, Véronique Gens, Andreas Scholl, Christoph Prégardien, Peter Kooy, Hanno Müller-Brachmann
Tölzer Knabenchor, The King's Consort (uses boy's choir for upper solo and choral lines)
Boy Sopranos from choir: Matthias Ritter, Manuel Mrasek; Boy Altos from choir: Matthias Schloderer, Maximilian Fraas; Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Michael George
Kammerchor Stuttgart, Barockorchester Stuttgart
Mechthild Bach, Daniel Taylor, Marcus Ullmann, Raimund Nolte
Bach Collegium Japan
Carolyn Sampson, Rachel Nicholls, Robin Blaze, Gerd Türk, Peter Kooy
Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
Dorothee Mields, Johannette Zomer, Patrick Van Goethem, Jan Kobow, Peter Kooy
Thomanerchor, Freiburger Barockorchester, St. Thomas Church, Leipzig
Reglint Bühler, Susanne Krumbiegel, Susanne Langner, Martin Lattke, Markus Flaig

On period instruments with one-voice-per-part[edit]

The Bach Ensemble
Judith Nelson, Julianne Baird, Jeffrey Dooley, Frank Hoffmeister, Jon Opalach
(First recording to use one singer per part)
Taverner Consort and Players
Emma Kirkby, Emily van Evera, Panito Iconomou (boy alto), Christian Immler (boy alto), Michael Kilian (boy alto), Rogers Covey-Crump, David Thomas
La Petite Bande
Elisabeth Hermans, Midori Suzuki, Patrizia Hardt, Petra Noskaiova, Max Ciolek, Knut Schoch, Jan Van der Crabben, Stephan MacLeod
Cantus Cölln
Johanna Koslowsky, Mechthild Bach, Monika Mauch, Susanne Rydén, Elisabeth Popien, Henning Voss, Hans-Jörg Mammel, Wilfried Jochens, Stephan Schreckenberger, Wolf-Matthias Friedrich
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging [reinforces one-per-part with one extra ripieno singer per part in some choral passages]
Dorothee Mields, Johannette Zomer, Matthew White, Charles Daniels, Peter Harvey
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble [reinforces one-per-part with one extra ripieno singer per part in some choral passages]
Lucy Crowe, Julia Lezhneva, Joanne Lunn, Blandine Staskiewicz, Nathalie Stutzmann, Terry Wey, Colin Balzer, Markus Brutscher, Christian Immler, Luca Tittoto
La Petite Bande
Gerlinde Sämann, Elisabeth Hermans, Patrizia Hardt, Petra Noskaiova, Bernhard Hunziker, Christoph Genz, Marcus Niedermeyr, Jan Van der Crabben
Dunedin Consort, Dunedin Players [reinforces one-per-part with one extra ripieno singer per part in some choral passages]
Susan Hamilton, Cecilia Osmond, Margot Oitzinger, Thomas Hobbs, Matthew Brook (ripienists: Nicola Corbishley, Katie Tretheway, Annemieke Cantor, Christopher Watson, Christopher Adams)
{First recording to use 2006 Critical Edition of Joshua Rifkin}

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

  • Mass in B minor Commentary, musical examples, list of recordings, and other information, on bach-cantatas