Archive: October 2011 - Howard Dyck

A Pilgrim’s Progress through J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor

  • October 3, 2011
A Pilgrim’s Progress through J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Post-performance reflections by Howard Dyck. Wrestling with the angel who has been described as “the fifth Evangelist”, J.S. Bach, is always a daunting prospect. And spending time in the white heat of his towering Mass in B Minor means you’re going to be burned as well as blessed! Herewith a summary of thoughts and reflections from the vantage point of the conductor. We begin. It’s Good Friday. Earlier in the day I’ve heard a performance of the St. John Passion on CBC Radio Two. I’ve tried not to pay too much attention. I have the B Minor to conduct, after all: no extra energy today...

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