From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years

Solti conducts Bach Mass in B Minor

Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus recorded Bach's Mass in B Minor in January 1990.

London Records

Although never performed in his lifetime, Johann Sebastian Bach’s B minor mass was the “summation of his life’s work,” according to Phillip Huscher, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s scholar-in-residence and program annotator. Sir Georg Solti led the work in January 1990, for which founder and longtime chorus director Margaret Hillis and her ensemble received their eighth Grammy Award for Best Performance of a Choral Work.

Bach Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Felicity Lott soprano
Anne Sofie von Otter mezzo-soprano
Hans Peter Blochwitz tenor
William Shimell baritone
Gwynne Howell bass
Richard Webster organ
John Sharp cello
Willard Elliot bassoon
Joseph Guastafeste bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
January 1990 (London)

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