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Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 2 - Ben Davies (bass); Eamonn Dougan (bass); Grace Davidson (soprano); Jeremy Budd (tenor); Julia Doyle (soprano);...
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  1. Mass for 4 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G major, BWV 236 (BC E4)
  2. Cantata No. 79, "Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild," BWV 79 (BC A184)
  3. Mass for 3 voices, chorus, 2 flutes, strings & continuo in A major, BWV 234 (BC E3)
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For his performances of Bach's so-called Lutheran masses, short mass settings of just Kyrie and Gloria, the version of the choral group the Sixteen delivered by conductor Harry Christophers really ought to be called the Eight. Christophers moves in the direction of the popular one-voice-per-part performance concept for Bach but does not fully embrace it; instead there are two voices per part, with the soloists drawn from the ranks of the choir. It's a reasonable compromise, and it does bring out a considerable amount of ...