Bach in B Minor

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Vaclav Luks conducts Collegium 1704

Collegium 1704′s Stellar Performance

Collegium 1704’s recent concert performance of Bach’s B-Minor Mass at the Rudolfinum was a resounding success. Followed by repeated curtain calls and a reprise of the final section, Dona Nobis Pacem, the performance left both the audience and performers glowing.

Guest male soloist Markus Brutscher has performed in the major music capitals and soloed at major music festivals around the world. So an especially touching moment occurred when Mr Brutscher handed over his flowers to a member of the orchestra. It was an act of generosity perfectly in keeping with the tenor of the evening.

Composed at the end of Bach’s life, the B-Minor Mass has often been taken as Bach’s final musical testament, incorporating elements composed as early as 1724. Its heart is the Dresden Mass of 1733.

In 1749, Bach added the Credo and the final sections, adjusting the earlier elements to create an organic whole. Of particular note is his setting of incarnatus est—“and he was made flesh”—from the Credo. The weight of this piece centers the whole work. It was beautifully performed by the Collegium.

Collegium 1704 is seeking donations to complete the funding for its January recording of the B-Minor Mass. This will be the first Czech recording of this work, and promises to be an excellent addition to the Collegium’s already outstanding series of recordings. — oo

–James Mensch

Photo Credits: Collegium 1704 website

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