Mass in B minor BWV 232
Conducted by Anders Eby
Ehud Shiloni wrote (March 30, 2004):
Having listened to a lot of BWV 232 over the past few weeks, I'd like to bring forward a recording which have not been mentioned and which deserves attention IMHO. I'm talking about the recording by Anders Eby on Proprius label, with the Mikaeli Chamber Choir and the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble [recorded in 1990].
This is a HIP performance, but in the Eric Ericson tradition with quite a large choir [42 singers!]. The ensemble is the same one used by Ericson, but the choir is different.
You know that choir singing is a national "sport" in Sweden, with many fine ensembles, Mikaeli being a very fine example. Eby was Ericson's student, and follows his "tradition", but I belive his recording here tops the one made by his teacher. It is a crisp recording, with a somewhat warmer sound due to the larger size choir. The soloists are Hogman [s1], Groop [s2 and Alto parts], Crook [t] and Salomaa [b]. TT 1:47:37.
I think it is still available on BRO, and inexpensive. Recommended.
Bradley Lehman wrote (March 31, 2004):
< Having listened to a lot of BWV 232 over the past few weeks, I'd like to bring forward a recording which have not been mentioned and which deserves attention IMHO. I'm talking about the recording by Anders Eby on Proprius label, with the Mikaeli Chamber Choir and the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble [recorded in 1990]. >
I heard parts of it once, on headphones in the now-defunct "CDChoice" in Philadelphia. And I would have bought it except that the friend I was there with also wanted it. So I let him get it, as he didn't have any other recordings of the piece, plus his wife's surname is Eby. As I recall from that spotty listening session, a very good one indeed.
Looks like it's not available at BRO, though, in a search just now.
Any other leads?
Uri Golomb wrote (March 31, 2004):
Eby's Mass [was: Mass in B Minor.Conclusion]
I don't have Eby's recording, but I did get to hear it several times in the course of my research. It is indeed one of the more interesting recordings of the Mass, with an unusual (though not unique) combination of rounded choral sonorities and often sharp, detached phrasing from the orchestra. I enjoyed parts of it very much, though some movements sounded too clipped and analytical. So my own verdict would be -- not an ultimate recommendation, but definitely worth hearing. It's still listed on Proprius's website (www.proprius.com), so I suppose it should be available somewhere....
There's another short review of this recording on: http://www.jsbach.org/EbyMassinBMinor.html.