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Missae Breves



Bach's four Missae Breves or "Lutheran Masses" have sometimes been dismissed by scholars as less worthy than such "warhorses" as the Christmas Oratorio or the Mass in B Minor because they (mostly) contain music that had been previously composed for other purposes, predominantly as movements for cantatas. These glorious "cantata" masses, however, represent some of Bach's best choral/orchestral writing and contain something for everyone who enjoys the sonic diversity and consummate mastery of style so evident in Bach's music.

All of the instrumental music accompanies vocal solos of passionate beauty, intimacy and lyricism as well as choruses of great power and majesty.

Listen to clips from Missae Breves:

  Cum Sancto Spiritu Listen button
  Kyrie eleison Listen button
  Gloria in excelsis Deo Listen button

Read the Reviews

"...Thomas Folan’s recording... is both informed and musical; it is a recording of artistry and musicianship, and it is an elegant and graceful interpretation..."

American Choral Review: Spring 2007
by Christopher Eanes

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"...Balance between choir, instrumentalists, and soloists was exceptional... Thomas Folan has demonstrated exceptional skill and musicianship in preparing his ensemble..."

Compact Disc Review - Choral Journal: May 2007
by Eric Johnson

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