s Hohe Messe – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


13/09/2016 — 17:30
Jahrhunderthalle | Bochum | BE

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750):
*Missa in h-moll BWV 232* (B-minor Mass)

Hannah Morrison _soprano_
Margot Oitzinger _soprano_
Alex Potter _countertenor_
Thomas Hobbs _tenor_
Peter Kooij _bass_

*Collegium Vocale Gent*
Philippe Herreweghe


Hohe Messe

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) “composed” his _Mass in B Minor_ in his last years, although most of it was much older, some of it written as early as 1724. Bach never witnessed a performance of the piece in its entirety, but it is doubtful if it was even intended for use in a service. It was simply too long for either Lutheran Leipzig or Dresden’s Catholic court. But the question of why it was composed is not important, given its reputation as “one of the greatest and most universal artworks in music history”.