English choral music from the late Medieval and early Renaissance periods to the advent of the Baroque. Works by Tallis, Byrd, Farrant, Tye, Gibbons and Weelkes.
My thanks to Maestro Dennis Keene and his Voices of Ascension for a soul-stirring B Minor Mass that kept listeners enthralled from beginning to end. What a treasured memory!
The performance was sublime - a pleasure even on such a blustery night to bask in the glory of Bach.
A true masterpiece performed flawlessly. Bravo for a job well done.
The performance of the Bach B-minor Mass by Voices of Ascension? In a heartfelt word: Perfection!
I have heard this magnificent work performed at least 25 times, over the years. Never more excellently than on Thursday evening, February 27th! Choir, Soloists, Orchestra, Conductor -- in every note and every part -- splendid! What a joy! Again, thank you!
Enjoyed every moment. Only wish it had gone on and on and on...
The B Minor Mass was an enthralling concert. The awe inspiring wall of sound from the chorus and orchestra just overwhelmed me. Bravissimi!
It was a magnificent performance! That choir and orchestra are truly world class!
It was a pleasure to hear the lively tempi. That gave a freshness and dancelike quality without sacrificing gravitas or profundity.
I loved the program notes, too--they were beautifully written but also among the most useful that I can remember anywhere. And the instrumental soloists were real standouts.
I wish your series could be broadcast live or recorded though perhaps the acoustics there wouldn't lend themselves to doing so. At any rate, many thanks, and congratulations on a fantastic
P.S. I came to the Bach Passion earlier in the 2012/13 season and found it immensely moving, deeply personal, and unforgettable. I find that I'm still thinking of it and telling people about it.
Dear Director, I'm glad to have this chance to let you know what a tremendous experience the performance last night was, for me and the friends with me. The beauty of the voices and instruments, the balance between them, the depth of emotion, the way the sound enveloped the space, the magnitude of it all was astounding.
The best I've ever heard since the last time Voices of Ascension did it. Truly outstanding.
An absolutely brilliant performance. I enjoyed it enormously. And I say this with a certain amount of experience, having sung the piece with everybody from (among others) Serge Koussevitsky and the BSO in the 1940’s (very slow tempi [so slow that in desperation the tenors took the Cum Sancto Spiritu away from him, with a ~20% increase in tempo], huge orchestra and a chorus of 200+) to (decades later) Roger Wagner (VERY fast performance—he [literally] had a plane to catch), as well as, of course, having heard it many, many times.
As you can guess, I’m elderly, and I didn’t expect to last past the intermission, but I stayed for the whole thing with enormous pleasure.
I'm sure you know this, but the performance was extraordinary. In fact, I did stay for a bit to go thank the musicians. My friend was blown away and he played the darn thing. He was so glad that it was well attended. He said, "People need to hear this."
One of the best performances I can remember—particularly the Kyrie and the Gloria. Thank you—and thank you for asking!
Best chorus ever! What a wonderful performance! Ascension is a great space to attend concerts – aesthetically beautiful and terrific acoustics. Thank you!