Congratulations to Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan who have been announced as winners of the Choral category in the Gramophone Awards 2017. Awarded for their recording of Mozart’s Mass in C minor K.427 and Exsultate, jubilate K.165, the disc was released in December 2016 on the BIS label – their long-term recording partner – and features soloists Carolyn Sampson, Olivia Vermeulen, Makoto Sakurada and Christian Immler.
‘As a package, the disc as a whole is certainly a winner; the Mass easily ranks alongside the period-instrument benchmarks…’ (Gramophone January 2017)
The recording has been accorded five star reviews, with critics recognising Suzuki’s profound, expressive and well-judged interpretations.
‘This recording of Mozart’s glorious Great Mass in C minor is a special one: the tempi perfect, the unfolding drama of the choral writing so carefully judged….’ (Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian)
The score to the great Mass in C minor was abandoned by Mozart leading to several alternative editions providing varying musicological ideas, but ‘Suzuki’s choice of Franz Beyer’s lean 1989 score is fitting: as in his Bach recordings, Suzuki here seeks transparency of texture, timbre and colour.’ (Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine)
Read more here: https://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2017/choral