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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis [1990 Recording]
     

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis [1990 Recording]

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by John Eliot Gardiner
 
This noble music ranks among Beethoven's greatest masterpieces, but the question remains: Just how "Solemnis" should the Missa Solemnis be? To those who see it as a mighty religious work, a more intense and dramatic past performance like Toscanini's might be the touchstone. But with clean-voiced soloists and an agile choir, this clear

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This noble music ranks among Beethoven's greatest masterpieces, but the question remains: Just how "Solemnis" should the Missa Solemnis be? To those who see it as a mighty religious work, a more intense and dramatic past performance like Toscanini's might be the touchstone. But with clean-voiced soloists and an agile choir, this clear, flexible interpretation by John Eliot Gardiner better reflects the rationalism of the composer's time. Indeed, it's arguable that Beethoven's own combative stance toward religion might have made him desire just such a devoutly un-churchy approach. Soprano Charlotte Margiono and bass Alastair Miles are particularly outstanding soloists, but as usual, this is Gardiner's show. The conductor's ability to create momentum makes this Missa Solemnis a motivational exercise.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/1991
Label:
Archiv Produktion
UPC:
0028942977921
catalogNumber:
429779
Rank:
15679

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  1. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123

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