J.S. Bach
Four Shorter Masses BWV 233-236
& Sancti BWV 237-240
BACH 7012

Agnes Giebel, soprano / Lotte Wolf-Matthäus, alto / Franz Kelch, bass.
Reinhold Barchet, violin / Friedrich Milde, oboe.

The Schwabian Choral Singers and Tonstudio Orchestra, Stuttgart,
Hans Grischkat, conductor.

For the Four Shorter Masses, or Missae Breves, Bach drew on some of the finest movements in his cantata writing.

These are splendid and powerful works in their own right, though they are little-known and not much recorded.

That they have been somewhat neglected can be explained partly by their being overshadowed by the B-Minor Mass, also by the fact that the shorter masses are composed almost entirely of movements from Bach's cantatas. And yet, the beauty of these shorter masses is precisely that they represent Bach's own choice of his finest cantata movements.

Underlying the musical enjoyment however lies an interesting question: Why was Johann Sebastian Bach, a devout confirmed Lutheran working in a Lutheran city for a Lutheran Church and City Council... why was he writing Masses in Latin - and why were these Shorter Masses created almost entirely out of previous compositions?

Read the fascinating story of a clandestine conspiracy between Bach and a certain Bohemian Count Anton von Sporck to foil the forces of evil and religions bigotry!  Count Anton von Sporck

BACH 701

MASS in F Major, BWV 233

SANCTUS in C Major, BWV 237

MASS in a minor, BWV 234

SANCTUS in D Major, BWV 238

BACH 702

MASS in g minor, BWV 235

SANCTUS in d minor, BWV 239

MASS in G Major, BWV 236

SANCTUS in G Major, BWV 240

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