Post by Uncle Henry on Oct 29, 2015 6:02:28 GMT -5
Here is a profoundly moving performance of Bach's tremendous B minor Mass, sung by the boys' choir of the Leipsic church with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and four or five adults. The valveless trumpets make Bach's fast passages especially glorious; and the whole is a performance that bears listening to, and watching, over and over again. The work was assembled over the course of many years and reached its final form in 1749. This is the only performance I know that is anywhere near authentic.
A Pair of Ancient Oboes
An ancient horn
A choirboy [thinking]: "Segregate them . . . "
Please note that this is an unedited version of a live transmission, and before the performance actually begins there is a long wait of eleven and a half minutes of Teutonic nothingness which you are advised and encouraged to skip.
The file kind is flv, a kind with which the VLC Media Player is well suited to cope. The duration of the video is two hours fifteen minutes. Forum members may download it HERE.
The "valveless" trumpets used here are not truly valveless as they were before the invention of the valve trumpet. These trumpeters have entirely inauthentic holes drilled in their trumpets, which they finger (similar to recorders) to fake playing difficult passages in tune.
I once had a long conversation with several well-known baroque trumpeters in London; essentially they all said that modern players of baroque trumpets are forced to engage in this cheat, because if they played truly valveless trumpets the way they really were played in Bach's time, they'd sound VERY strange to modern ears and nobody would hire them.
But this is still a very vivid and remarkable performance of this wonderful piece!