Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach Collegium Japan begins its first major UK residency with Bach’s supreme choral achievement: the B Minor Mass.
Under the direction of founder Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan has built a worldwide reputation in Baroque sacred music. There’s no mightier spiritual or artistic challenge than Bach’s transcendent Mass setting – but few living performers are better-equipped to tackle it.
It’s a suitably inspired opening to the first major UK residency by the Collegium; launching a weekend of concerts devoted to the composer at the centre of Suzuki’s musical life. According to Gramophone Suzuki’s Bach cantata cycle for BIS records ‘reaches, you might say, those parts that other performances do not’, so any chance to hear these artists in the B minor Mass is a truly special occasion.
Programme & Performers
Bach Mass in B minor
Bach Collegium Japan Masaaki Suzuki conductor Rachel Nicholls soprano Joanne Lunn soprano Robin Blaze alto Colin Balzer tenor Dominik Wörner bass
Please note: Rachel Nicholls replaces Hana Blažíková as soprano for this concert.