RCO: Kerstmatinee 2017 – Bach: Mass in B minor


The RCO’s annual “Kerstmatinee” (Christmas Matinee) has become a much loved holiday tradition. For this edition, the orchestra, led by Philippe Herreweghe, performs J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor, one of the gems of his oeuvre – for the first time in 45 years! The choir Collegium Vocale Gent shares the stage with outstanding soloists Dorothee Mields, Hana Blažikova, Alex Potter, Robin Tritschler and Krešimir Stražanac. Often referred to as Bach’s “Hohe Messe” (High Mass), the full-scale Catholic mass was given this name in the 19th century to distinguish it from the Baroque composer’s other, small masses. Why the Lutheran Bach decided to create a Catholic mass late in life, remains unclear; what is evident, however, is that his work is nothing less than a monumental masterpiece. Herreweghe’s Mass is “grand and yet moving!” (Het Parool)

Additional Info

  • No: A86050018
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Collegium Vocale Gent
  • Artists: Dorothee Mields, Hana Blažíková, Alex Potter, Robin Tritschler, Krešimir Stražanac
  • Production year: 2017
  • Run time: 01:47:00
  • Producers: RCO, Avrotros, Mezzo and UNITEL
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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