JS BACH MASS IN B MINOR

THE SONG COMPANY AND IRONWOOD JS Bach’s Mass in B minor BWV 232 is described by Sir John Eliot Gardiner in his recent book Bach, as “unprecedented in its scale, majesty and sobriety.” An ensemble taking on a performance of this masterwork has an exacting task in doing it justice. That task becomes even more formidable when the ensemble reaches beyond its customary parameters when performing it. However, last weekend, the Song Company conducted by Roland Peelman in collaboration with Ironwood deflected these challenges with a truly sublime presentation of Bach’s magnum opus. The Mass in B minor represents the pinnacle of Bach’s choral and instrumental writing, created near the close of a