Bach Mass in B Minor - Dunedin Consort - The Sunday Times

The quest to perform baroque music just as it was continues. This B minor Mass uses Joshua Rifkin's new edition, which purports to represent Bach's final intentions. The post-1750 "improvements" have been expunged and an immense issue is made about how many singers should be used and where.

Butt opts for 10 solo voices, his liner notes justifying when lines should be sung by two voices and when by just the one.

His performance is powerful and beautifully shaped, even if the style of voice production is a world away from what Bach might have heard in Leipzig.

The Sunday Times
20 June 2010