Bach: B단조 미사곡 / William Christie


Harmonia Mundi HAF8905293.94 2CDs 발매일자: March 9, 2018

William Christie/ Les Arts Florissants (Live in Paris, 2016)

Katherine Watson (soprano), Tim Mead (counter-tenor),

Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor), André Morsch (baritone)


* 아마도 처음 보는 William ChristieBach 음반이 아닌가 싶습니다.

이하는에서 퍼온 글

Christoph Wolff tells us that Bach wrote this work as a summing-up

of his entire life. It is his testament, his epitaph, a legacy to those

who would follow him. He chose the Latin Mass, the oldest and most

universal form of Christian worship as his model. The B-Minor Mass

is a profoundly religious work. However he desires to give us a

panorama of his art secular as well as sacred. Bach is

conspicuously absent in the most secular music of the baroque

world-opera. Yet in his cantatas, his oratorios and even his masses,

he draws on the operatic, lyric repertory of his German, Italian and

French predecessors and contemporaries. Stupendous, intellectually

complex counterpoint which is the main architecture of the B-Minor

Mass is thus punctuated by a collection of soli and duetti, whose

styles are decidedly secular, inspired by composers such as

Telemann, Hasse, Marcello, Stradella as well as Lully and French

composers of the early 18th century.


Bach himself conducted from the keyboard, sometimes beating time

in the larger movements. Otherwise he played along with his fellow

musicians, realizing the continuo baseline. And so do I ! I am a

continuo player, harpsichordist and organist who thus participate in

the joy of music making. Yes I conduct the great Kyrie which begins

the mass. However in the second movement, the Christe, I am at the

keyboard accompanying a light-hearted duo for two treble voices. I

play rather than direct in nine movements of the mass out of

twenty-six. My role as a performer-conductor has a number of

important musical consequences. First of all the number of players: I

formed an orchestra and a chorus of modest proportions. Fewer

musicians as well as the absence of a conductor creates an

atmosphere of chamber music, giving an independence and a

freedom to both soloists and instrumentalists.


Another consequence and most important is that of tempo. Bach's

mass has been performed since the beginning of the Bach Revival 50

years ago and has much in common with the way Handel's oratorios

were performed in the past. One only has to listen to a number of

recordings past and present to detect the problem exaggeratedly

slow tempi played and sung by an exaggeratedly large number of

musicians it is as if serious and religious sentiments were

synonymous with slowness. My tempi are brisk, not only in the soli

and the duetti but in the D major trumpet choruses as well. Quicker

tempi suggest a more physical and dance-like approach to the

music. I should conclude by saying that my goal in this recording is

to show a human side of Bach's art. Indeed, the B-Minor Mass is an

affirmation of Christian faith but just as important, for a secular

society of today, it is a powerful affirmation of humanism, the

exaltation of man and his achievements.

-William Christie



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