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Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in b minor at Frauenkirche Dresden

Dresden, Frauenkirche Dresden — Main Hall

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For decades, the combination of Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Ghent has consistently delivered extraordinary Bach interpretations. This is particularly true when they are accompanied by exceptional soloists and perform in the Frauenkirche, a renowned venue. Their most recent performance featured the Mass in B‐Minor, a sacred composition of immense historical and cultural significance. Designated as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Documents, Bach dedicated a significant portion of his life to its creation, with the composition spanning several decades.

Although Bach initially composed individual movements of the Mass, including the "Sanctus" in 1724 for Christmas Day and the "Kyrie" and "Gloria" in 1733 for the Dresden Court, he eventually wove them together in 1748 and 1749 to form a complete mass. He added the missing movements, resulting in a monumental and unparalleled composition. In fact, Franz Liszt described it as "the Mont‐Blanc of sacred music," emphasizing its unrivaled status in occidental music.

Therefore, the combination of Herreweghe, the Collegium Vocale Ghent, and their esteemed soloists brings forth not only exceptional musicianship but also an unwavering commitment to preserving and honoring Bach's masterful creation. This performance of the Mass in B‐Minor provides audiences with a remarkable musical experience that exemplifies the highest standards of artistic excellence.


  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe is a Belgian conductor. He is principally known as a conductor of Johann Sebastian Bach, the German composer who wrote over one thousand works. He is regarded by leading Bach scholars today as a founding father of the baroque authentic practice, original instrument movement and one of record label Harmonia Mundi's most prolific recording artists, with over sixty albums to his name. His early training as a chorister and assistant choirmaster in a Jesuit school was complemented by piano studies at the Ghent Conservatory. At university Herreweghe studied psychiatry and formed a 12‐person choir devoted to the revolutionary performing practices of Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and the Kuijken brothers.

Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 on the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe.

It was one of the first ensembles to use the then‐new ideas about baroque practice in vocal music performances. Musicians such as Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt immediately took an interest in the Flemish ensemble’s fresh, new approach, which led to intensive collaboration.

In the mid‐1980s the ensemble acquired international fame and was invited to all the major concert halls and music festivals of Europe, Israel, the United States, Russian, South America, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.

Soprano: Hana Blažíková
Soprano: Dorothee Mields
Alto: Alex Potter
Tenor: Guy Cutting
Bass: Johannes Kammler


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