A "fervent account" of Bach's Mass in B Minor

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The March 27, 2013, Chicago Bach Project presentation of Bach's Mass in B Minor was a night to remember! The Chicago Tribune hailed Maestro John Nelson for his "fervent account" of the Mass in this third installment of Soli Deo Gloria's rotating cycle of Bach sacred choral masterworks, coinciding with the Easter celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  John Nelson conducting the Mass in B Minor
  John Nelson, conductor

"Molding long lines sans baton, the conductor infused his singers and instrumentalists with his own keen sense of musical and spiritual identification. His brisk to moderate tempos allowed each section its own musical integrity and expressive weight within the elaborate symmetries of Bach's grand design."—John von Rhein, Classical Music Critic, Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

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  Nicole Cabell, soprano

"Sprano Nicole Cabell... spun the florid lines of her "Laudamus te' with freshness, purity and agility." —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

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  Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano

“In the 'Benedictus,"[Jane] Henschel brought considerable beauty and poignancy to the climax of the work." —Dennis Polkow, ChicagoClassicalReview.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Stanford Olsen, tenor

"Veteran tenor Stanford Olsen sang a warmly expressive 'Benedictus.'"—John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Matthew Brook, brass-baritone

"Bass-baritone Matthew Brook brought musically and dignity to both of his solo sections."—John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A memorable Mass in B minor ... the forces [sang] transparently and with focus, brilliantly building in momentum and dynamics … the climactic choral sections [rang] out with immense jubilation.”
—Dennis Polkow, ChicagoClassicalReview.com

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Chicago Bach Choir & Orchestra
Photos courtesy of Charles Osgood