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Prom 63: Bach - Mass in B minor

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, a performance of Bach's celebrated Mass in B minor, with William Christie conducting his Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants.

Live at BBC Proms: Les Arts Florissants and William Christie perform Bach's Mass in B minor.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Bach: Mass in B minor

Katherine Watson (soprano)
Tim Mead (countertenor)
Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor)
André Morsch (baritone)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (conductor)

During the last four years of his life, Johann Sebastian Bach worked on a piece that he knew would represent the summation of his life's work. In the end, the material of Bach's almighty Mass in B minor was almost two decades in the making - a compilation of some of his finest vocal music woven together with startlingly original new music born of acute inspiration.

William Christie conducts Bach's Mass with a quartet of soloists and his own ensemble Les Arts Florissants, known for its historically informed and infectiously exciting performances of Baroque music.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Mass in B minor BWV 232

    Performer: Katherine Watson. Performer: Tim Mead. Performer: Reinoud Van Mechelen. Performer: André Morsch. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    French suite for keyboard no. 3 (BWV.814) in B minor [complete]

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • J.S. Bach, The French Suites: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita for violin solo no. 3 (BWV.1006) in E major [complete]

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova.
    • Bach: 6 Sonatas & Partitas.
    • Onyx.
    • 10.

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