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5.12.17

Forbes Review: The Fastest B-Minor Mass On Record


…The fastest B-Minor Mass on record…

…was, for many years, Konrad Junghänel’s with the Cantus Cölln, on Harmonia Mundi[1]. And boy did it sound fast! When it was released in 2003, it made the ears flap in the wind and it was considered a wild, very alternative choice. Junghänel had shaved almost 23 minutes (!) off Karl Richter’s benchmark 1962 account (Archiv) and six and eight minutes respectively the classic HIP recordings of John Eliot Gardiner’s 1985 (Archiv, a classic) and Philippe Herreweghe’s second reading from 1996 (Harmonia Mundi). Sigiswald Kuijken (Challenge Classics, 2008) and Jonathan Butt (Linn, 2009), and Herreweghe again (Phi, 2012, his third recording)[2] have since come close, but not quite.…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: The Fastest B-Minor Mass On Record (Classical CD Of The Week)



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J.S.Bach, Mass in B Minor,
Bach Stiftung St.Gallen, R.Lutz, J.Doyle, A.Potter, D.Johannsen, K.Mertens
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