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J. S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

by Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler

Bel Canto Chamber Singers' fine voices and their passion for the music shine through this recording of Bach's masterwork, considered by many to be the pinnacle of Baroque choral music.
Genre: Classical: Bach
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1. Kyrie Eleison I Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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2. Christe Eleison Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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3. Kyrie Eleison II Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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4. Gloria in excelsis Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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6. Gratias agimus tibi Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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7. Domine Deus - Qui tollis peccata mundi Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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8. Qui sedes Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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9. Quoniam - Cum Sancto Spiritu Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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10. Credo in unum Deum - Patrem omnipotentem Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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11. Et in unum Dominum Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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12. Et incarnatus est - Crucifixus - Et resurrexit Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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13. Et in Spiritum Sanctum Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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14. Sanctus - Osanna in excelsis Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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15. Benedictus - Osanna in excelsis Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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16. Agnus Dei Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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17. Dona nobis pacem Bel Canto Chamber Singers & Hal Sheeler
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Notes from the Music Director
Revered as the greatest choral masterpiece ever written, the Mass in B Minor is seldom performed by community choral groups.  Bel Canto members, seeking the challenge of studying and performing a major work, found that challenge in Bach’s B Minor Mass, which holds a special place in my heart.
  As a small community group with limited resources, we have taken some liberties, using a few women tenors and less than a full orchestra. One section, “Confiteor unum baptisma,” was cut. Orchestral instruments are modern rather than period, and pianist Matthew Wiencke plays from the full score. One tenor solo is sung by soprano Chiho Kaneko. I suspect that Herr Bach sometimes had to compromise and I ask that purists be kind. I also suspect that, had he had a magnificent grand piano and such a player as Matt, Bach might have found a way to use them.
In keeping with Bel Canto Chamber Singers’ unique tradition, all soloists come from within the group.
I hope that listeners may transcend the cares of daily life and be enveloped and transformed by this sublimely beautiful and spiritual work.
— Hal Sheeler

Instrumental Ensemble
Violin: Judith Wild, Principal; Barbara Chase,
Paul Ruscak, Mary Lou Schaefer  
Viola: Julie Dougal, Edward Doughtie     
Cello: Margaret Gilmore, Erika Smith
Flute: Da-Shih Hu, Anne Cragin
Oboe: Virginia Poole, Pam Whitfield
Bassoon: Earl North, Aileen Sullivan
Trumpet: Fred Holmgren
Timpani: Norm McMullen    
Piano: Matthew Wiencke

Recorded live on April 30, 2011 at the
Lebanon United Methodist Church
Lebanon, New Hampshire


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