Bach’s Mass in B Minor

March 20, 2024, 10:00 pm

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portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach with red tint
Johann Sebastian Bach

Although written in the last years of his life, Bach’s Mass in B Minor had its beginnings some 15 years earlier. Never performed during Bach’s lifetime, the Mass in B Minor is rightly revered as one of mankind’s greatest musical and spiritual achievements. On this edition of Baroque&Before, as we near the birth anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ivor Bolton leads Balthasar Neumann Chorus and B’Rock Orchestra in Bach’s masterwork.

2024 marks Baroque&Before’s 10 year anniversary. Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert May 13, 2018 in St John’s Church, Schaffhausen as part of the Schaffhausen Bach Festival. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’ll be able to offer this program as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Balthasar Neumann Chorus
B’Rock Orchestra
Ivor Bolton, conductor