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Bach’s Lutheran Masses (Kyrie and gloria only) contain some wonderful music and are (unaccountably) seldom performed, so the Sixteen’s project to record all five is most welcome. Like the Christmas Oratorio, they are parody masses; 20 out of 24 movements in BWV 233-236 are derived from pre-existing material. This CD sandwiches Cantata 102, for the tenth Sunday after Trinity (1726), between the Masses in g minor (whose first chorus is derived from the Cantata) and F major. The beautiful period-instrument ensemble accompanies eight fine singers, who sing both the choruses and the solos in this charming chamber-like performance.

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