Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Release Date:

22nd March 2024

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£24.99 (2CD Digipak Deluxe | 24-page booklet)



“Do look out for the vocal soloists … they really are fantastic” – Gramophone

“The vocal and instrumental soloists are consistently strong. As the Cantata Collective continues its journey, some other biggies are in the works: the Matthew-Passion, Magnificat, and the Easter Oratorio. I look forward to more” – Early Music America

“an exemplary performance … The soloists are excellent and the technical standard is superb … McGegan draws on a lifetime of experience with this music to produce a coherent and well-paced reading … I would not hesitate to recommend this performance to a listener looking for a first or only recording of the work” – American Record Guide

The choir and orchestra are in fine form here, and this recording is an excellent listening opportunity both for those who are intimately familiar with this masterwork and those who are discovering it for the first time” – WholeNote

“McGegan and Cantata Collective show that the Mass in B Minor is, in significant ways, always new and always contemporary, even in a time period so much more secular than Bach’s and so much less inclined to the creation of musical expressions of the highest order.” – Infodad

“Soloists all contribute radiant work with precise diction, wonderful phrasing, and warm vocal tone. It’s a special organization that makes Bach sound fresh and individualistic, yet with such attention to detail, like it might have been performed in the 1700s” – Classical Singer Magazine


San Francisco-based early music ensemble Cantata Collective continues its major series of J.S. Bach’s choral works with the Mass in B Minor, a towering testament of sacred music and the composer’s crowning achievement of his final years. With celebrated conductor Nicholas McGegan, four of today’s most distinguished early music vocal soloists and a refined chamber choir, this live recording exudes a spontaneity that reveals the depth and passion of Bach’s glorious affirmation of faith.



Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

I. Missa (Kyrie & Gloria)
1. Kyrie eleison 9.36
2. Christie eleison 4.54
3. Kyrie eleison II 3.20
4. Gloria in excelsis Deo 1.51
5. Et in terra pax 4.31
6. Laudamus te 4.18
7. Gratias agimus tibi 2.52
8. Domine Deus 5.31
9. Qui tollis peccata mundi 2.40
10. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris 4.14
11. Quoniam tu solus sanctus 4.26 *
12. Cum Sancto Spiritu 4.24

II. Symbolum Nicenum (Credo)
13. Credo in unum Deum 2.01
14. Patrem omnipotentem 2.03
15. Et in unum Dominum 4.27
16. Et incarnatus est 2.34
17. Crucifixus 2.38
18. Et resurrexit 4.14
19. Et in Spiritum Sanctum 5.35
20. Confiteor 4.33
21. Et expecto 2.17

III. Sanctus
22. Sanctus – Pleni sunt coeli 4.58

IV. Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei et Dona nobis pacem
23. Osanna 2.49
24. Benedictus 5.04
25. Osanna 2.52
26. Agnus Dei 5.20
27. Dona nobis pacem 3.06

Total Duration: 107.11

Sherezade Panthakisoprano
Rhianna Cockrellmezzo-soprano
Thomas Cooleytenor
Paul Max Tiptonbass-baritone
Todd Williams, horn obligato *

Cantata Collective
Nicholas McGeganconductor/harpsichord

Recorded (LIVE): 20 March 2023, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, California
Recording production, engineering, editing and mixing: David v.R. Bowles (Swineshead Productions, LLC)
Assistant engineer and Atmos authoring: Margaret Tobin (Dolby Laboratories, San Francisco)
Production assistants: Adam Yosef, Dan Strauther, Anthon Martos (University of Silicon Valley, San Jose)

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