Art Music

JS Bach Mass in B Minor

I was smitten by the beauty and nobility of this great work of art when I first heard it, aged nineteen. The Benedictus, with flute obligato, remains my primary desert island choice, and in selecting this particular performance, from Klemperer’s 1967 recording, I have remained faithful to the first version I ever heard. This was a true innamoramento, and my love of this piece has not been diminished by constancy. The opening moment of the kyrie is without parallel.

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