Although never performed in his lifetime, Johann Sebastian Bach’s B minor mass was the “summation of his life’s work,” according to Phillip Huscher, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s scholar-in-residence and program annotator. Sir Georg Solti led the work in January 1990, for which founder and longtime chorus director Margaret Hillis and her ensemble received their eighth Grammy Award for Best Performance of a Choral Work.
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, by J.S. Bach
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Felicity Lott, soprano; Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Hans Peter Blochwitz, tenor; William Shimell, baritone; Gwynne Howell, bass; Richard Webster, organ: John Sharp, cello; Willard Elliot, bassoon; Joseph Guastafeste, bass; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Margaret Hillis, director