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Another splendid performance.

The Mass in B Minor is often considered one of the greatest masterworks of all time. The Berlin Philharmonic certainly shows the beauty of this piece in their illustrious performance. Certainly a recording worth having in your library.

off key and off beat

This recording is very difficult to sit through. Although the arias and duets are well performed, the work falls apart everytime there is a chorus. The orchestra and chorus are not together- making the performance sound clumsy. The trumpets sound shrill, but most irritating of all is the fact that the sopranos are chronically flat, as are the other sections, on occasion. If you are pitch sensitive, this is not the recording for you.


I'm playing flute in a performance of the Mass, so I bought this to have a recording on hand. I feel that the chorus and the orchestra are not together most of the time, and for me to have bought this for a reference I was very dissapointed. The woodwinds and chorus are very good in this recording, but I can barely stand to listen to it due to the crass timbre of the trumpets. In short, the trumpets ruined this recording and I suggest you buy another edition if you want to hear what this work is really supposed to sound like.

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Bach: Mass in B Minor, Berlin Philharmonic
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 1974

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