Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel - J.S.Bach: Missae Breves (2007)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:50:46 | 527 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 901939
Since the additional movements of the Roman Catholic Mass (Sanctus, Agnus Dei, and Credo) that appear in his B minor Mass were excluded, Bach's four missa breves (short masses) are essentially two-movement Lutheran works. Naturally, Bach being Bach, he subdivided the expansive Gloria into five shorter movements; set the texts as arias, duets, and choruses; and used an orchestra ensemble including strings, flutes, oboes, trumpets, and organ as a powerful and colorful accompaniment. But at the heart of all four works is the austere faith of Martin Luther, and the German reformer's strength, severity, and occasional sentimentality is at the spiritual core of Bach's sacred music.