Album: Bach, Mass in B Minor/Capella Amsterdam (Glossa)

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A slightly limp first Kyrie from Capella Amsterdam's tenors, a curdled counter-tenor soloist and an unsettled tempo in Et in terra pax shouldn't put you off Franz Brüggen's live recording of the B Minor Mass.

Soprano soloists Dorothee Mields and Johannette Zomer deliver exquisitely detailed duets, while the orchestral performance is beyond reproach, most particularly the cellos and basses. From the first Credo onwards, the choral performance is revitalised, with a sparkling reading of the Et resurrexit and a glorious Sanctus.