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BACH, J.S.: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 / Musical Offering, BWV 1079 / A Mass in Fontfroide (Documentary) (Savall)

Soloist: Bertin, Pascal
Soloist: Fernandez, Yetzabel Arias
Soloist: MacLeod, Stephan
Soloist: Sakurada, Makoto
Soloist: Scheen, Celine
Ensemble: Concert des Nations, Le
Conductor: Savall, Jordi

Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (NTSC)

Venue: Fontfroide Abbey, Narbonne
Date of Concert: 2011
Playing Time: 03:49:52
Television Director: Sneguirev, Denis
Television Director: Sommer, Andy
Catalogue Number: P399

The Catalan conductor Jordi Savall presents John Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor, BWV 232.

A magistral work composed between 1724 and 1748, John Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor is a masterpiece which demonstrates a profound spirituality shining beyond denominational splits. Musically speaking, the Mass in B Minor requires a remarkable technique from the music ensemble, but first and foremost it requires an inner impetus from the musicians. In the middle of the Languedoc (France), the Fontfroide Abbey offers the ideal setting for the interpretation of this oecumenical musical work. Founded in the 12th century, the Fontfroide Abbey, with its cistercian architecture, invites to contemplation, the volumes of the nave enrich the music with a profound and diffuse harmony, and the complex architecture of the Mass in B Minor seems eventually transfigured by the acoustic of this unique place.

Combining musical excerpts with historical comments, the documentary produced by the movie director Denis Sneguirev shows many interviews with the musicians of the Concert des Nations, including interviews with Maestro Jordi Savall, who shares his respect and admiration for John Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor.

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