Mass in B minor (BWV 232)
Johann Sebastian Bach
I’m cheating a little bit this week. I’m in the middle of three different books, all of which will make appearances in this space in due time, but I’m neither finished nor far enough along in any to give a thorough accounting. It is also slightly disingenuous for me to say that Bach’s “Mass in B minor” is what I’m listening to this week – in truth, I have been listening to it regularly since I discovered this masterful 1998 recording, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, in a tiny record shop in Tel Aviv in April 2006. I was living in Israel at the time, and my father and sister had flown in for a visit. We rented a car and drove up the coast toward Haifa, and I still remember so vividly the dark grey storm clouds forming on the horizon when I put the disc into the CD player and listened as if I was hearing sound for the first time in my life.
From that moment, the “Mass in B minor” became a minor obsession of mine