Bach Mass in B Minor - Dunedin Consort -

Butt uses Joshua Rifkin's concept of just one or two singers per choral part, instead of the usual 20 sopranos, 20 altos, etc. The clarity is lifelike. In the Dona nobis pacem (track 27), the complex choral parts are perfectly defined; at 2:05 in, the trumpet's quiet entrance foreshadows the arrival of the timpani in a gorgeous paean, converting -- in a way I've never heard before -- a plea for peace into a triumphal, almost royal announcement of victory. Great sound and great performance in one recording. That's rare.
01 October 2010