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Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Bernard Labadie by Dario Acosta
Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor is one of the uncontestable masterpieces of the choral literature. All of Bach’s hallmarks are present: intricately woven counterpoint; brilliant orchestral writing, like the joyous trumpet and drums punctuating the exuberant Gloria and Et resurrexit; profoundly expressive solo vocal passages; and an overall dramatic power that unfailingly uplifts the spirit.

Part of: Orchestral Masterworks and Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR

Bernard Labadie is also performing October 25 and February 28.

Chapelle de Québec is also performing October 25.

Iestyn Davies is also performing May 16.


Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec
Bernard Labadie, Founding Conductor and Music Director of La Chapelle de Québec
Lydia Teuscher, Soprano
Iestyn Davies, Countertenor
Robin Tritschler, Tenor
Matthew Brook, Bass-Baritone


BACH Mass in B Minor

Event Duration

The program will last approximately two and one-half hours with no intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating. 

Pre-Concert Talk

Pre-concert talk at 7 PM with Thomas Forrest Kelly, Morton B. Knafel Research Professor of Music, Harvard University.

This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.

Public support for Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Les Violons du Roy gratefully acknowledges the support of Gestion Marthe Bourgeois Ltée and Fondation des Violons du Roy in the presentation of this performance.

At a Glance

For many listeners, hearing the music of J. S. Bach amounts to a spiritual or even religious experience. This sentiment holds true as much for Bach’s instrumental music—such as his iconic suites for solo cello and the “Brandenburg” concertos—as for music he composed for worship, including his many church cantatas and works like the St. Matthew Passion. Regardless of the context for which it was composed, today we are more likely to experience a live performance of Bach’s music in the secular concert hall.

The Mass in B Minor is an especially rich work for exploring the complex dimensions of Bach’s music. At once an intensely religious object and a remarkable secular musical experience, it is also one of the last major works Bach completed before his death and represents a culmination of many years of development as a composer. For those new to Bach’s music, it is a stunning introduction to his musical capabilities and religious background. For those more steeped in his work, it offers new layers of meaning upon each hearing, religious or otherwise.

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