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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
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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

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.

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Bach's Mass in B Minor 

Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor shows the zenith of his choral mastery: magnificently woven strands of counterpoint in the Kyrie and Credo; the irresistible, propulsive energy of the trumpet and drums that punctuate the Gloria; and the emotive power of the solo voices, particularly the alto in the Agnus Dei. Bach never heard a complete performance of his masterpiece as we know it, but compiled the Mass from other works he composed throughout his career.

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