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The Critical Discographies from Choral Music On Records

Mass in B Minor, BWV 232


Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Introduction and Table of Contents

Introduction

This critical discography of the recordings of the Mass in B Minor, was completed late in 1989. I have made next to no effort to update it. I have, with one exception, added no new recordings, and I have made no effort to add the catalogue numbers of recordings that are now available on CD but that were out of print when the discography was prepared, lo these many years. I prefer to leave it "as is", to stand or fall, on its own, as a historical document that reflects the state of affairs as I found them, just before the volcanic explosion of new allegedly "authentic" recordings -- purportedly "HIP" and employing period instruments -- that have overtaken and engulfed the listener, novice or educated, like a nuée ardente. The knowledgeable and up-to-date reader will spot the occasional "inaccuracy" that will serve as a cogent reminder that this essay, like its fellows in this section of my home pages, is a fly in amber.

Please remember that the copyright in this article belong to the Cambridge University Press, and, should you choose to honor me and my work product by quoting from it, please be sure to state that the source is Choral Music On Records, that the final version of this discography is to be found in Choral Music On Records, and that the discography appears at this website by courtesy of the Cambridge University Press.

Teri Noel Towe
December 8, 2001

Table of Contents

1. From Leipzig to Bethlehem
2. The Earliest Recordings
3. The Robert Shaw Recordings
4. The Herbert von Karajan Recordings
5. The Recordings in the Neo-Baroque Leipzig Style
6. The 1950s
7. The 1960s and 1970s
8. The First Period Instrument Recordings
9. Summary

Endnotes

Alphabetical Discography

 

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P. S.: Please don't forget that, if you are interested in a thorough, accurate discography of the recordings of the B Minor Mass that have appeared since the preparation of this article, you should go at once to Aryeh Oron's remarkable Bach Cantatas Website.

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