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St John's Smith Square
Smith Square
City of Westminster



Johann Sebastian BachMass in B minor, BWV 232


Christopher Monks – Conductor
Elin Manahan Thomas – Soprano

Armonico Consort

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Programme Note

It could be argued that J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor should have been titled ‘Bach’s Greatest Hits’, for that is what Bach himself aimed to achieve with this masterpiece. Composed over the final 25 years of his life and completed just one year before he died, the Mass is scattered with music and references that Bach considered to be his best work, and movements which he had allowed to develop over time and had returned to ‘perfect’ at a later date. Never performed complete in his lifetime, the work is in effect Bach’s own self-obituary, how he wanted to be remembered by the world.

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