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Bach: Mass in B minor - Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano); Hanno Muller-Brachmann (bass baritone); Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo-soprano);...
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  1. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1)
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The Cologne Chamber Orchestra, according to the liner notes of this album, plays "according to the principles of historical performance-practice on modern instruments and so can meet the needs of modern concert halls." This is nonsense, sloppily expressed (do concert halls have needs? desires maybe?). Performances by historical-instrument groups in modern halls are commonplace. Editorial malfeasance aside, however, this is a strong B minor mass in an unusual territory lying between symphony orchestra treatments and those by ...