Cherubini: Missa solemnis in E

Cherubini: Missa solemnis in E

by Riccardo Muti
     
 

Luigi Cherubini's "Missa Solemnis in E major" may not be as important as his later coronation masses, and it is certainly not on a par with Ludwig van Beethoven's great "Missa Solemnis in D major," completed a few years later. But this work has enough drama and power to mark it as one of the more significant sacred works of theSee more details below

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Luigi Cherubini's "Missa Solemnis in E major" may not be as important as his later coronation masses, and it is certainly not on a par with Ludwig van Beethoven's great "Missa Solemnis in D major," completed a few years later. But this work has enough drama and power to mark it as one of the more significant sacred works of the early Romantic period in France. Composed in 1818, when Cherubini was exclusively active in church music and supported by the restored Bourbon monarchy, the eighth of his masses is quite conservative in approach, though ambiguous in mood and style, partly because the music vacillates between the penitential mood of E minor and the triumphant feeling of E major, and because much of the mass is cast in studied counterpoint that at times evokes the Baroque era, rather than its own time. Riccardo Muti leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on this 2007 release, and their dutiful performance does justice to Cherubini, especially in the rich orchestral sonorities and suave choral parts; there are times when their sound approaches Beethovenian grandeur, even if the music itself seems less imposing. At just over 40 minutes, this "Missa Solemnis" is a bit short for a CD, so it is followed by two motets of gentle character that are beautifully performed, and the album seems full enough with these works. EMI's resonant sound has a wide dynamic range, so listeners may need to adjust the volume periodically.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - John Warrack
The opening Kyrie is a gentle, beautiful movement, in Cherubini’s most reflective manner, as is the fine Sanctus and especially the closing Agnus Dei, in which softly intoning horn phrases sustain a sense of peace invoked and received.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0094639431625
catalogNumber:
94316
Rank:
377543

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  1. Mass No. 8 for chorus & orchestra in E major ("Missa Solemnis")  - Luigi Cherubini  -  Bavarian Radio Chorus  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Herbert Lippert  - Riccardo Muti  - Michel Roubinet  - Ruth Ziesak  - Peter Dijkstra  - Marianna Pizzolato  - Ildar Abdrazakov  - Saul Lipetz
  2. Antiphons (9), for 4 voices & orchestra ("à la Palestrina") (3 lost): Antifona sul canto fermo 8 tona  - Luigi Cherubini  - Harald Feller  - Barbara Fleckenstein  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Michel Roubinet  - Bernhard Schneider  - Christof Hartkopf  - Max Hanft  - Saul Lipetz  - Barbara Müller  - Andreas Meyer
  3. Nemo gaudeat, motet for 2 choruses & 2 organs  - Luigi Cherubini  - Harald Feller  - Barbara Fleckenstein  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Michel Roubinet  - Bernhard Schneider  - Christof Hartkopf  - Max Hanft  - Saul Lipetz  - Barbara Müller  - Andreas Meyer

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