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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis; Schubert: Symphony No. 8; Wagner: A Faust Overture
     

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis; Schubert: Symphony No. 8; Wagner: A Faust Overture

 
This is what one lives for: one lucid moment of absolute understanding. Jascha Horenstein's recording from February 23, 1961, is what one lives for: one of the two of three greatest performances of one of the two or three greatest sacred choral works ever recorded. If Jascha Horenstein is not one of the great names in twentieth century conducting, it is only because

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This is what one lives for: one lucid moment of absolute understanding. Jascha Horenstein's recording from February 23, 1961, is what one lives for: one of the two of three greatest performances of one of the two or three greatest sacred choral works ever recorded. If Jascha Horenstein is not one of the great names in twentieth century conducting, it is only because he insisted too much on rehearsals and not enough on publicity. But, from the long view, Horenstein's technically impeccable sound gets better and better and his ability to infuse even the most rigorously rehearsed performance with the brilliant light of inspiration is in itself inspirational. At its best Horenstein could create performances as magisterial as Klemperer and as ecstatic as Furtwängler and this entire performance of the "Missa Solemnis" is Horenstein at his best. The radiant splendor and sublime bliss of Horenstein's performance is proof in itself that humanity is capable of transcendence. And the remaining performances on these discs -- Horenstein's dark-hued 1971 "Unfinished Symphony" of Schubert and his tragic 1972 "Eines Faust Overture" of Wagner -- are just as transcendent. While it is true that the sound of the "Missa Solemnis" is a bit muddy, the sense of place and time is compensation.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
Label:
Bbc Legends
UPC:
0684911415025
catalogNumber:
4150
Rank:
148548

Tracks

  1. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123
  2. Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), D. 759
  3. A Faust Overture, for orchestra in D minor, WWV 59

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