Many judge this to be the best piece of music ever written.
Aerist has the John Eliot Gardiner performance on CD, and parts of it are often played at window-rattling volumes after a meditation session. Bach did not write this to be performed as a mass, but as a vehicle for his genius in the final years of his life. He never heard it performed.
This performance: Soloists C Muller,V Bonnard, The Choir and Chamber orchestra of Lausanne, conducted by Michel Corboz
After a day’s meditation recently the Credo was selected serendipitously – the first track on CD 2. Astonishingly joyous and uplifting. I believe in the one God. Listen to that part (0:55:00) if you are short of time.
Agnus Dei 1:41.00
Of course Beliefs, however exalted, are but a step on the Path to direct experience of the Real. “First the concept, then the experience” as my dear friend and one-time teacher DC Vision used to say.
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