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Prom 26 - Bach's B Minor Mass

With Louise Fryer
Nobody knows why it was written - it's one of the great mysteries of Bach's life. Why did he spend so much of his last two years reworking religious music he'd already written into an enormous setting of the Catholic Mass, in Latin? It's tempting to see the B minor Mass as a drawing-together-of-threads, the great composer's last religious will and testament, a monumental summation of his decades of work for the church... albeit usually for the Protestant Church, in German. The English Concert, conductor Harry Bicket and their starry lineup of soloists bring their performance to the Royal Albert Hall fresh from Leipzig, where they closed the 2012 Bachfest with the B minor Mass - in Bach's own church, the Thomaskirche.
Presented by Donald Macleod

J S Bach: Mass in B minor

Joélle Harvey (soprano)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Ed Lyon (tenor)
Matthew Rose (bass)
Choir of the English Concert
The English Concert
Harry Bicket conductor.

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2 hours, 30 minutes

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Fri 10 Aug 2012 14:00