J. S. Bach: Mass in B Minor

In 2013 Concerto Copenhagen was able to record Bach’s famous B Minor Mass thanks to a generous donation from a Danish foundation. The recording has received high critical acclaim.

Maria Keohane, Joanne Lunn – sopranos
Alex Potter – alto
Jan Kobow – tenor
Peter Harvey – bass
Else Torp, Hanna Kappelin – sopranos
Valdemar Villadsen – alto
Chris Watson – tenor
Jakob Bloch Jespersen – bass

Lars Ulrik Mortensen – direction
Concerto Copenhagen

Recorded at Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen, May 21-25, 2013

© 2015 | CPO records | CPO 777 851-2


Our B Minor Mass recording chosen for ‘Building a Library’ in BBC 3

»Nicholas Kenyon presented Bach's B Minor Mass in BBC Radio 3 on 11/2 – Concerto Copenhagen's recording was chosen for ‘Building a Library’! We are excited – this is the second recording by Concerto Copenhagen that makes it into ‘Building a Library’.«

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Nicholas Kenyon
BBC Radio 3, 11/2 2017

The 2016 Gramophone Classical Music Awards Shortlist

Our recording of Bach's B Minor Mass on the Gramophone Classical Music Awards Shortlist 2016 in the category 'Baroque Vocal'.

Gramophone, August 2016

Is This the Best B Minor Mass On Record?

»It is both personal and majestic. It is an act of devotion as well as a statement of public worship. It combines ambiguity and robust statement. It brings new elegance to historically performed interpretations of the work. I think this could be the best B Minor Mass on record.«
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Anna Magdalena Bach
Anna Magdalena Bach (blog), januar 2016

Superior Version

»In the long run I'm left in no doubt that Mortensen's is the superior version. His tempos seem to arise more naturally from the music and I find his architectural sense more compelling than that of Gardiner [...]«
5 out of 5 stars.
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Early Music Today, June-August 2016
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Editor's Choice

»The individual components are routinely marvellous, but Concerto Copenhagen produce something much more than the sum of its parts: one of the most profoundly captivating interpretations to have emerged recently.«
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David Vickers
Gramophone, marts 2016

Dazzling Transparency

»This bold claim is amply proven in an account of dazzling transparency, dance-like rythms and utter clarity.«
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Nicholas Kenyon
The Guardian, 8/5 2016

Unusual and clear sound

»That gives an unusual and clear sound in perfect balance with Mortensen's Concerto Copenhagen, which none the less comes over as "choral" in the parts with bigger textures [...]«

Bernd Heyder
Concerto nr. 268, July-August 2016
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The Playing Of Concerto Copenhagen Is Consistently Excellent

»The playing of Concerto Copenhagen is consistently excellent. The various obbligato parts are delivered superbly – special praise is due to the violinist in ‘Laudamus te’, to the oboe d’amore player in ‘Qui sedes’ and to the flautist who plays in the Benedictus.«
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John Quinn
Musicweb International Classical Reviews, 8/2 2016

Album of the Week

»The recording is not just beautiful and flexible in its realisation but also proves a thesis of how Bach imagined his music being performed. [...] It is not wrong to say that this recording from Garrison Church in Copenhagen is one of the best ever made of the B Minor Mass.«
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Jens Cornelius
DR.dk/p2, 29/1 2016

Extreme Mass

»Concerto Copenhagen plays well, they have good instrumental soloists and there is life and exodus in the performance.«
4 out of 6 stars
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Mikael Garnæs
Magasinet Klassisk, februar 2016