Performed by:

John Nelson, conductor
Ruth Ziesak, soprano
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Paul Agnew, tenor
Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Maîtrise Notre-Dame
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris

Mass in B Minor trailer

Filmed live in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, France, March 2006. Directed by Olivier Simonnet. (DVD audio/video footage courtesy of Idéale Audience.)

Includes:

Interview with Maestro Nelson

Interview with the Archbishop of Paris

Introduction to the mass by Monseigneur Jehan Revert

Background documentary on “Music and Liturgy” at Notre-Dame Cathedral

Bach "Mass in B Minor" DVD


Mass in B Minor DVD For many classical music lovers, Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor is a pinnacle of Western music, transcending all categories. In this 5.1 surround-sound DVD, the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris provides the breathtaking setting for a memorable performance of the work, conducted by John Nelson with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and a cast of major international soloists.

2006 EMI Virgin Classics. Run time 2 hours, 33 minutes, plus 42 minutes of bonus features. Subtitles in English/French/German/Spanish.

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filming of St. Matthew Passion
Mass in B Minor at Notre-Dame Cathedral

There is no evidence that Bach ever heard a performance of his Mass in B Minor, which he completed in the later years of his life. Yet today it is one of our most beloved sacred classics, full of fervor, contemplation and emotion. This live performance of this monumental piece of music, captured on DVD from Notre-Dame Cathedral, creates an astounding synthesis of musical and spiritual experience. Viewers freely share their excitement:

 
“Truly a gem.”

“Gorgeous, thrilling beyond words.”

“We were totally enthralled by the exceptional combination of stunning sound and beautiful camera work.”

“A visual and aural treat.”

“The choral singing in this DVD is spectacular--it is the heart and soul of this DVD.”

“Superb technical quality.”

“This is the most sublime, involving and heartfelt B minor I have heard in decades.”

 

Media Reviews

“Close to being an act of worship.”—BBC Music Magazine

“Watching this film is life-enhancing.”—International Record Review

“An all-star cast . . . virtuoso choral singing . . . one of the best ever.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A polished and highly disciplined performance.”—American Record Guide

“Intensely expressive and meticulously shaped . . . will bring a lump to your throat.”
Fanfare Magazine

 

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