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Johann Sebastian Bach – Lutheran Masses I – Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Lutheran Masses I – Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:05:30 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: September 2013 at Kobe Shoin Women’s University Chapel, Japan (BWV 235, 236, 240, 241); September/October 2014 at Saitama Arts Theater Concert Hall, Japan (other works)

By Bach’s time, the Reformation had fundamentally altered the traditional forms of church service, and in German churches Latin had yielded to the country’s own language. To a limited extent, however, the Latin mass text did remain in use in the Protestant church – in particular the Kyrie and Gloria sections, which were often set to music as an entity in their own right. Albeit incomplete, this form of mass setting was termed ‘Missa’, a name it retained even in Bach’s day. Nowadays, to differentiate them from complete settings, these pieces are often referred to as ‘Lutheran Masses’. Bach’s famous Mass in B minor, later expanded into a complete mass, began its existence as a work of this type, and four other examples from Bach’s pen have survived. They all make extensive use of earlier compositions, and the two masses on the present disc consist entirely of so-called parodies: reworkings of arias and choruses from cantatas, in which Bach demonstrates his skill in adapting existing music for new uses. Performed by Bach Collegium Japan – who under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki have already recorded the original settings as part of their acclaimed cantata series – the Missae BWV 235 and 236 are here combined with four separate settings of the Sanctus, another section of the traditional mass that in Bach’s time could be heard in the churches of Leipzig during important feast days. Two of these are original compositions, whereas BWV 241, and possibly also 240, is an arrangement of a setting by another composer. The ‘Kyrie – Christe’ BWV Anh. 26 is also an example of how Bach in his task of providing the music for church services used music by other composers. In this case he turned to a movement from a mass by his contemporary Francesco Durante from Naples, but adapted it for his own purposes by composing a new setting – a duet for soprano and alto – of the Christe eleison section, labelling it ‘Christe di Bach’ in his autograph.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Lutheran Mass in G minor, BWV 235
1. Kyrie (Chorus) 6’06
2. Gloria (Chorus) 2’56
3. Gratias (Basso) 2’41
4. Domine Fili (Alto) 4’46
5. Qui tollis (Tenore) 3’42
6. Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus) 4’45

Lutheran Mass in G major, BWV 236
7. Kyrie (Chorus) 3’20
8. Gloria (Chorus) 4’54
9. Gratias (Basso) 4’40
10. Domine Deus (Soprano, Alto) 3’45
11. Quoniam (Tenore) 4’37
12. Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus) 3’52

13. Sanctus in G major, BWV 240 2’18
14. Sanctus, BWV 241 (Version in E major) 2’00

Kyrie in C minor with Christe in G minor, BWV 242
15. Kyrie I (Chorus) 2’45
16. Christe di Bach (Soprano, Alto) 1’11
17. Kyrie II (Chorus) 1’33

18. Sanctus in D major, BWV 238 2’33
19. Sanctus in C major, BWV 237 1’27

Masaaki Suzuki, direction
Bach Collegium Japan, chorus & orchestra
Joanne Lunn, soprano
Hana Blažíková, soprano
Robin Blaze, counter-tenor
Gerd Türk, tenor
Peter Kooij, bass


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