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Bach Mass in B Minor - Dunedin Consort - The Observer


23 May 2010
The Observer
Stephen Pritchard

This is the first recording of Joshua Rifkin's 2006 edition of the B minor mass, a revision of his first 1980 edition, using single voices in the Kyrie, Gloria and Creed and ripienists in the six-part Sanctus, the double choir Osanna and the Dona nobis pacem. This constantly changing texture makes us listen afresh to the beauty of Bach's astonishing vocal writing. It's a joy to hear the principal singers - Susan Hamilton, Cecilia Osmond, Margot Oitzinger, Thomas Hobbs and Matthew Brook - working together as a chorus, moving like a precision machine, each line clear and uncluttered under John Butt's meticulous direction. A definitive recording.
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