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Monday, May 01, 2006

Mass in B Minor Glory

Well, the University of Indiana continue to innovate regards making classical resources available to all online. A little tipoff, and I'm listening to this glorious chamber version of Bach's B-Minor Mass. The work has a gigantic structure, and is really a Cathedral of Sound. Perchance you see a hardcopy score, you'll know what I mean. All vocal and instrumental combinations are rotated and cycled, and core ideas are permuted and re-presented at key points in this two-hour Journey to the Infinite.

The performance was preceded by a Christoff Wolf academic lecture on the genesis, history, and structure of the B-Minor Mass. This can be listened to separately, and will please those who enjoyed his books "Bach: The Learned Musician" and "The New Bach Reader", both solid works.

The B-Minor Mass is one of the crowning glories of Classical Music, a spiritual homage, monumental scope. Beauty, perfection, tearful - here.