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As one of the Washington area’s critically acclaimed and nationally recognized performing arts organizations, the Consort has made regular appearances with organizations such as the Washington Performing Arts Society, National Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Choral Society, and and has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Christopher Hogwood, Richard Hickox, and Nicholas McGegan. In addition, the Consort has made three critically acclaimed European tours, appeared at numerous festivals and frequently records. The latest release, The Lutheran Masses, was produced by three-time Grammy Award-winning producer, Steve Barnett.
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Bach Masses v.1 - Washington Bach Consort
Bach Masses, v.1/Washington Bach Consort
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The success of Bach's B-minor Mass has obscured a number of his shorter masterpieces of the same genre. Written in the 1730s these masses—which consist only of a Kyrie and Gloria setting—could be performed in both Catholic and Lutheran liturgies. Sometimes misleadingly called "The Lutheran Masses," Bach used them to gain recognition from the Catholic court of Dresden, which bestowed upon him the title "Electoral Saxon and Royal Polish Court Compositeur." Program notes by eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff.