On this week’s Encore Houston, the Houston Chamber Choir and an orchestra of local musicians bring Bach back to life with a rousing performance of his monumental Mass in B minor. Before there were symphonies and operas, settings of the Latin Mass were the most prominent creative milestones for composers, dating back to at least the fourteenth century. And even centuries later, they are among several composers’ best known works with popular settings from Mozart, Verdi, Durufle, and Britten. This mass by Bach is among his latest completed works, and is considered not only one of his greatest pieces, but among some of the greatest music in the classical canon.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, Mass in B minor
Performance date: 4/1/2017
Originally aired: 7/22/2017
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