Bach Mass in B minor and Beethoven Symphony No. 5 concert. This title has two segments:
Segment 1 was recorded in 2005:
Bach Mass in B minor. Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the GewandhausKammerchor Leipzig (Chorus Master Morten Schuld-Jensen) at the 2005 Leipzig Bach Festival. Soloists are Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Anna Larsson (contralto), Christoph Genz (tenor), and Dietrich Henschel (bass). Includes a bonus film Bach and his B minor Mass with Herbert Blomstedt. This segment was directed by Michael Beyer and produced by Paul Smaczny.
Segment 2 was recorded in 1999 in Leipzig:
1. Bach Toccata & Fugue in D minor (Jürgen Wolf organ)
2. Bach Motet "Fürchte dich nicht" (Thomaner Chor with Chorus Master George Christoph Biller)
3. Bach Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor "Chaconne" (Victoria Mullova violin)
4. Mendelssohn Elias Op. 70 "Höre Israel" (Gewandhausorchester and Nancy Argenta soprano)
5. Mendelssohn "Fürchte dich nicht" from Elias (Gewandhausorchester and GewandhausKammerchor)
6. Beethoven Symphony No. 5. (Gewandhausorchester)
7. Bach Mass in B Minor "Dona Nobis Pacem" (Gewandhausorchester, GewandhausKammerchor, and Thomaner Chor)
Segment 2 was directed by Bob Coles and produced by Paul Smaczny with Isabel Iturriagagoilita. Released 2012, has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!
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