Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 2 - The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Volume II completes The Sixteen’s mini-series and features Bach’s Lutheran Masses in G major (BWV 236) and A major (BWV 234) plus the Cantata BWV 79 ‘Gott der Herr ist Sonn’ und Schild’. This cantata was written in Leipzig in 1725 for Reformation Day and parodies from it appear in both of the featured Masses. Despite their exquisite beauty, featuring splendid choruses and deeply moving arias, there are relatively few recordings of the Lutheran Masses. On this new collection just eight singers from The Sixteen perform the Masses allowing the beauty of the virtuosic vocal lines to be heard with absolute clarity. Volume I was released in October 2013 (catalogue number COR16115).
“The Sixteen could not be better suited to the genial abstraction of the sunny Mass in G major, BWV236...There are more refined and exquisite performances...but there are few as unassuming and natural as this. Strongly recommended.”
Bach, J S:
Mass in G major, BWV236
Cantata BWV79 'Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild'
Mass in A major, BWV234
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers