Video: Concentus Musicus Wien Performs J.S. Bach
If I had the opportunity to play J.S. Bach‘s B-minor mass (in the orchestra, as an organist) at least once a month for the rest of my life, I would not hesitate for a minute to accept it.
Of the many works, large and small, by Bach that I’ve played over the years, the mass is by far the most rewarding to play. I never get tired of it because there’s just too much to take in and always something to discover.
Here’s the Concentus Musicus Wien* performing my two absolute favorite movements—Quoniam tu solus Sanctus and Cum Sancto Spiritu (which, it might be argued, make up a single movement in two distinct parts). Nikolaus Harnoncourt directs.
*I’m not so hot on the natural horn player in the video, who’s clearly having a less-than-stellar night. Nor am I all that crazy about the bass soloist—not my type of voice. However, there’s still much to love about the performance.