Harpsichordist Václav Luks makes his debut with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a fresh chamber interpretation of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor.
The Mass in B Minor rises from the musical landscape like a great cathedral.
For #Bach it was the culmination of a life’s journey – for those who come after it is a place of pilgrimage.
Like so much else with Bach, the work had a very pragmatic beginning.
It had started out as a project in 1733 to seemingly secure the Protestant composer a court title in Catholic Dresden; over the years he added further sections – each a self-contained triumph – although his ultimate intention for the work remains unclear.
The Mass is one of the high peaks of human creativity. A compendium of sublime arias that takes relish in virtuoso solos from singers and instrumentalists with some of Bach’s most wondrously crafted choruses.
Bach elevates the whole into a work of true heavenly dimensions.
- Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
- Václav Luks director
- Julia Doyle soprano
- Anna Devin soprano
- Hugh Cutting countertenor
- Hugo Hymas tenor
- Roderick Williams baritone
- Bach: Mass in B min