This disc is basically the first part of the glorious Mass in B minor in the form of the Kyrie and Gloria with the same soloists and musicians used for the seminal Harnoncourt recording (which was my introduction to the piece over 20 years ago) set down in the late 1960's.
There is little to add to my review of that recording which was probably the first period performance recording of the B minor Mass. Throughout, Harnoncourt conducts with an uncanny feeling for the right pace in this great work bringing huge energy to the opening Kyrie and the sublime "Gratias agimus tibi".
This is obviously an indulgence for those who would prefer to invest in the complete set but otherwise there is no real blemish for one of the finest Bach interpreters around.
Copyright © 2010, Gerald Fenech.