Bach's Mass in B minor

Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir

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  • Conductor
  • Mary Bevan Soprano
  • Anke Vondung Mezzo-soprano
  • Zachary Wilder Tenor
  • Hugo Oliveira Baritone

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Duration approximately: 90 min.

The BBC’s Classical Music magazine writes that J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor was one of the “highest job applications” in the history of music. That is because, with the death of the Elector of Saxony in 1733, Bach composed the magnificent overture in the hope of getting into the good graces of his successor. The work was, in fact, written over 25 years, bringing together adaptations of some previous creations and new material. The title by which it is known today would only come much later and its full performance would only take place for the first time in 1859, two centuries after Bach’s death.

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