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Bach - Mass in B minor BWV 232 - Van Veldhoven | Netherlands Bach Society

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Sublime, extreme and all-embracing… only superlatives will do to describe Bach’s Mass in B minor, the 'Hohe Messe', performed by the Netherlands Bach Society for All of Bach. In between an awe-inspiring Kyrie and the jubilant final Dona nobis pacem, there are nine completely unique arias and duets, fourteen impressive ensemble sections for four, five, six and even eight voices, a broad spectrum of instrumental solos, and an incredible variety of styles.




Jos van Veldhoven, conductor
Hana Blažíková, soprano 1
Anna Reinhold, soprano 2
David Erler, alto
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Peter Harvey, bass

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0:05 Kyrie eleison (Coro)
11:07 Christe eleison (Duetto)
15:56 Kyrie eleison (Coro)
19:43 Gloria in excelsis Deo (Coro)
21:25 Et in terra pax (Coro)
26:06 Laudamus te (Aria)
30:09 Gratias agimus tibi (Coro)
33:19 Domine Deus (Duetto)
38:39 Qui tollis (Coro)
41:39 Qui sedes (Aria)
45:50 Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Aria)
50:33 Cum Sancto Spiritu (Coro)
54:14 Credo in unum Deum (Coro)
56:13 Patrem omnipotentem (Coro)
58:15 Et in enum Dominim (Duetto)
1:02:38 Et incarnatus est (Coro)
1:05:52 Crucifixus (Coro)
1:08:58 Et resurrecit (Coro)
1:12:56 Et in Spiritum Sanctum (Aria)
1:18:13 Confiteor (Coro)
1:22:18 Et expecto (Coro)
1:24:30 Sanctus (Coro)
1:26:58 Pleni sunt caeli
1:29:19 Osanna in exelsis (Coro)
1:31:59 Benedictus qui venit (Aria)
1:36:22 Osanno in excelsis (Coro)
1:39:05 Agnus Dei (Aria)
1:45:17 Dona nobis pacem (Coro)

Author — Netherlands Bach Society

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Музыка вечности, она пронизывает насквозь, ее невозможно равнодушно слушать! Й.С. Бах величайший композитор всех времен и народов! На такой музыке должно воспитываться подрастающее поколение и тогда на Земле было бы меньше зла, насилия, воен, лжи. Мы могли бы взростить Человека, достойного этого звания, созидателя нашего Творца! А так мы живем в цивилизации потребителей, которая уничтожает понемногу нашу культуру. На Земле начались глобальные изменения. Куда движется наша цивилизация?!Хочется, чтобы достояние мировой культуры было передано нашим дутям и внукам! Еще есть выход из сложившейся ситуации, и есть время, хотя его не так уж и много - это изучение Новой научной парадигмы, с которой вы можете познакомится в Народном Академическом Университете Эволюции Разума (НАУ ЭРА) или для начала ознакомиться со статьей " Ключи к будущему" или посмотреть работу Анатолия Паламаря " Обманутое человечество" . Кто слушает такую музыку. не может быть равнодушным к тому, что происходит на Земле! Мы ищем тех. кто ищет нас!

Author — Muza

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What a time to be alive. Flip on the computer, and enjoy one of the greatest performances of the greatest masses ever written. Anytime you want! Wonderful rendition,  thank you, from Los Angeles!

Author — Rod Salvador

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мечтаю послушать ваши диски! Друзья, вы прекрасны!

Author — Null Point

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What would my 2020 look like without finding Netherlands Bach Society? Isolated working from home, such beauty has soothed me through this difficult year. So much talent in this group. From the soloists to the regulars who seem to inhabit every performance. I seem to know many of their idiosyncrasies, and even glimpses of their personalities. My favorite Youtube channel by far.

Author — David Swan

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As a 12 year old violin student, I remember telling my music master that this was the greatest piece of music ever written. I am now 74 years of age and i have never strayed from that insight shown all those years ago. Let's also give thanks to Felix Mendelssohn who worked diligently to bring back the wonderful music of JSB after a gap of nearly a century when it fell out of favour.

Author — peter92305

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I don't think I've ever heard a more moving combination of really flawless solo performances, inspired collaboration of individual instrumentalists with the soloists, and the orchestral and choral forces. This performance approaches perfection at every level and in every way.

Author — Thomas Snyder

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this opening is defenetly the most majestic one of all classical pieces. It's amazing, unbelievable how only one human being could write this

Author — Aurélie Beckers

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I make no apologies for repeating that our World is so much richer because it was visited by Johann Sebastian Bach. I feel compelled to reiterate how these wonderful interpreters of his uplifting musical magic sound fresh to me, irrespective of how many times I listen to their awe-inspiring performances. Their originally interpreted, beautiful version of this magnificent Mass brings tears of joy to my eyes - and takes me to where I feel to be Heaven on Earth.

Wonderful performance of yet another of the many musical miracles by the Master - which I simply cannot get enough of. I feel that the NBS rehearse every phrase until it simply cannot be further improved - thus culminating in performances which are about as close to perfection as what a group of Earthlings can hope to achieve.

Many thanks to the Netherlands Bach Society of musical geniuses and most excellent interpreters of maestro Bach.
I absolutely love your performances.

Author — David Brown

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There is a joke among musicians here in Croatia. I apologise if it sounds sacrilegious, it's just a joke. When Mozart died Saint Peter welcomed him in Heaven and took him to meet God. As they slowly made their way Mozart was thrilled to hear the heavenly sounds of what he thought was the most beautiful music one could imagine. It was Heaven's choir and orchestra. Thinking this he met the Lord and He said: "Oh Mozart! I am very pleased you're here. You will be in charge of the ensemble." And Mozart, a little bit confused, responded: "I would be most honored, oh Lord. But... Do I deserve such a position? I mean, isn't Bach around somewhere?" And God looked at him calmly and said: "I'm Bach."

Author — LukaMagda1

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The fact that this is free is absolutely shocking!

Author — Möjë Öøœ

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13:00 This dude in the back clearly enjoys the beauty of the piece. ;)

Author — Jolly Jokress

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Who's the recording engineer?.... the audio here is simply phenomenal, sincere thanks !

Author — Swede McGuire

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Small choir. Baroque instruments. Inspired performance by all. Simply magnificent. Congratulations NBS.

Author — Spyros Michas

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In a way, I'm happy that it's never too late to appreciate classical music, I may not understand a lot about it (I'm sure I understand nothing), but it's just nice to hear the different "genres" (English isn't my first language, I apologize if it sounds weird) that there are.
And I'm sure there are a lot of comments saying thanks for posting this in Youtube, but I'm saying it nevertheless: thank you so much for making this interpretation available

Author — Someone Yui

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What a performance of one of the greatest compositions of all time! I love this channel! Although all contributions are outstanding, I would like make special mention of the beautifully gentle tone of the tenor, the strength/depth of the alto, the sweetness of the flutes, the brave tone of the horn, the gutsy abandon of the bassoons, not to mention the exceptional qualities of the solo bass and sopranos, the ensemble work of the choir, the heavenly trumpets... the list of praise is endless!

Author — mrroneill99

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Casually throwing one of the best interpretations of the B minor mass out there, why not 😀

Author — smuecke

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"S'il y a quelqu'un qui doit tout à Bach, c'est bien Dieu !" Émile Cioran

Author — Jonathan Faydi

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I am in tears right now. How have I never spent the time to listen to this masterpiece before? I am not new to Bach by any stretch of the imagination, but from the first few seconds I got chills. It reminds me of my recently deceased grandparents (of which some events still haunt my dreams and cause nights full of crying and regret, even 6 months after they passed away). I have never had a piece or work bring that feeling up though. I cannot do anything but admire and shiver as I hear this unimaginably powerful music. I am really not sure what to say, Bach has surprised me yet again!

Author — jordi de waard

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Thank you, Netherlands Bach Society, for posting this. For five years, my wife and I lived on a hill above the beautiful carillon tower situated on the grounds of the Iwo Jima Memorial. The carillon, generously donated to the people of the United States by the people of the Netherlands, was near enough our apartment that we could hear its chimes. I came to treasure the pure, musical tones as a peak experience from those years. Thanks to the Society, I've just added a new peak experience of shivers and thrills from this superb recording.

Concerning the small number of voices, my experience in one of the choirs in which I've sung over the years prompts me to offer a comment. During my college years, I sang tenor in my university's touring choral group, "The Collegians." We were eighteen in number---four tenors, four sopranos, four altos and six basses. Our conductor, the late Gerald Ferguson, had made a side-study of physics. The first day of rehearsal he explained why he had limited membership to only eighteen voices when the previous conductor had admitted as many as fifty singers some years. Mr. Ferguson told us that, the larger the chorus, the greater the relative loss of some of the volume due to interference between the physical sound waves produced by voices singing at different amplitudes---that is, different volumes or levels of loudness.

Professor Ferguson showed us graphs of sound waves illustrating how differing wave amplitudes interfered with each other to cancel part of the total volume produced. In essence, volume is a self-limiting characteristic governed by the number of sources. In choruses this means the more voices, the greater the percentage fall-off from the volume that would, in theory, be reached if all voices could sing together in perfect unison (synchronization). Putting it another way, in a choir, each singer's small deviations from the ideal of everyone singing in perfect unison contribute to a total interference that will reduce the volume produced by more than a hundred singers to that produced by eighteen singers of equal ability. Professor Ferguson arrived at these numbers with the help of a fellow faculty member teaching in the university's physics department. As intuition would suggest, our smaller group was able to initiate and release notes in synch with each other, and enunciate lyrics with greater precision than is humanly possible with a large chorus.

That this greater precision made a significant contribution to our volume is supported by a newspaper review of a concert by the Collegians. Shortly before Christmas in 1968, we had performed an excerpted "Messiah" in the civic auditorium of the city of St. Joseph, Michigan. We were accompanied by the Twin Cities Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Hendrik Deblij. The next morning came a review of our performance by Noel Gersonde, music critic of the Herald Palladium, a newspaper with subscribers throughout Southwest Michigan since the early 1800s. Gersonde said the following in his review, which I treasured enough to cut from the newspaper. From my yellowed and brittle clipping, here is an excerpt (italics mine):

"The old adage about strength being found in numbers cannot be applied to the Collegians. _Only eighteen in number, they sounded like a group ten times that size, _ yet maintained every detail of quality from the enunciation of words to artistry in performing this difficult music. . . .This group, small as they are, _pronounced each word so distinctly_ and sang each note with such warmth and understanding one came away with a feeling of great awe, both for them and for the music. The director, Gerald Ferguson deserves a great deal of credit for training such a superior group. . . ."

With such a glowing review, I happily overlook the connotation of surprise in Gersonde's wording, no doubt unintentional, that our precise enunciation suggested an inverse relationship of chorus size to clarity of pronunciation. That is, after all, the other great gain from performances of small choruses, as this wonderful video of Bach's great masterpiece demonstrates with this magnificent performance. While it's my opinion that performances of sacred choruses---for example, in the Messiah---too often drag out the tempo, I agree that the pace in this performance of Bach's choral masterpiece was spot on, as best served the music's magisterial message and purpose.

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