Monday, January 18, 2010

Bach JS - Mass in B Bwv 232, Missa Brevis Bwv 233 - Jochum

Bach JS - Mass in B Bwv 232, Missa Brevis Bwv 233 - Jochum
Chamber | Eac, single flac, no cue | log, cover | 2 CD, 742 MB
March 15, 1994 | Philips | RapidShare

There are three Eugene Jochum recordings of the Mass in B minor floating around out there: this is the first.

Jochum's reading is generally even-paced and flows easily. He avoids the stateliness of Klemperer's reading but does not fly by the listener in a mad rush as do Pearlman and Gardiner--overall, this is, in a word, a very solid and respectable performance. Jochum's choral forces are large (HUGE if you're used to the "one voice per part" approach) and at their fullest (such as the opening "Kyrie") the choirs and orchestra combined can generate a respectably powerful sound.

The soloists are all uniformly good. There is only a slight balance issue during the "Domine Deus" duet between soprano and tenor soloists.

Overall, Jochum's first recording is absolutely solid. For listeners approaching this masterwork for the first time, this is a great place to start.

CD Content
# Mass for 3 voices, chorus, orchestra & continuo in F major, BWV 233 (BC E6)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Munich Pro Arte Orchestra
with Gisela Litz, Leonard Hokanson, Eduard Melkus, Hermann Prey, Manfred Clement, Agnes Giebel
Conducted by Kurt Redel

# Mass in B minor, for 5 voices, 6-part chorus, violin, orchestra & continuo, BWV 232 (BC E1)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
with Kurt Richter, Wilhelm Carl Grimm, Hans Braun, Kim Borg, Hertha Topper, Kurt Kalmus, Karl Benzinger, Anton Nowakowski, Margarethe Scharitzer, Lois Marshall, Peter Pears, Josef Merz, Franz Hoger, Karl Bobzien, Rudolf Joachim Koeckert
Conducted by Eugen Jochum

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