Beethoven : Missa Solemnis. Gardiner.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Missa Solemnis

Lucy Crowe (soprano), Jennifer Johnson (mezzo), James Gilchrist (ténor), Matthew Rose (basse), Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

Format: 1 CD
Release date: 20/11/2013
SKU: 0843183071821 Categories: ,


   in Choir & Organ (Jul, 2014)
The Missa Solemnis, originally intended for Archduke Rudolph’s enthronement but long delayed in the making, caused Beethoven as many pains as anything in his work. It is, in a real sense, a fulcrum piece, one in which the balance of spirituality and secular need, pure music and art devoted to worldly ends is most acutely sustained. The long Credo caused him agony, but it is the work’s keystone and its dynamic. There are few choral works with such mighty architecture, and few conductors with the vision to communicate it better than Gardiner, and in more than sketched form. His soloists are perfectly integrated, not too ‘operatic’, and choir and orchestra deliver …

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