- Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis [1990 Recording]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, 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.
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Performance CreditsJohn Eliot Gardiner Primary Artist
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