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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Import

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1. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ('Missa Solemnis'), Op. 123: Kyrie
2. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ('Missa Solemnis'), Op. 123: Gloria
3. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ('Missa Solemnis'), Op. 123: Credo
4. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ('Missa Solemnis'), Op. 123: Sanctus
5. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ('Missa Solemnis'), Op. 123: Benedictus
6. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ('Missa Solemnis'), Op. 123: Agnus Dei

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  • Performer: Rosa Mannion, Brigit Remmert, James Taylor, Cornelius Hauptmann, Collegium Vocale Gent
  • Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, La Chapelle Royale
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B0031B7EQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek on January 14, 2013
Format: Audio CD
There are four recordings of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis that I enjoy for various reasons. On the modern instrument side, there are Otto Klemperer's monumental rendition in granite on EMI and a slimmer but no less compelling version conducted by Charles Mackerras with the Sydney Symphony on the Australian ABC Classics label. (The Mackerras can be heard in chunks on YouTube at the time I write this.) For period instrument performances, I think it's between this recording directed by Philippe Herreweghe and John Eliot Gardiner's 1990 recording with the English Baroque Soloists. And while I don't think you can go wrong with either of that pair, I confess I have a bit of a preference for Herreweghe's. For one thing, I think the sound is better: In the Herreweghe we feel right up front with the orchestra and singers, while in Gardiner's version there's much more of a feeling that the performance is taking place in a cavern and we're off at the edges. In Gardiner the voices seem to dominate, resulting in a loss of texture, while in Herreweghe's rendition we can clearly hear horns, say, in key sections. In that same sense, percussion is much more in evidence in the Herreweghe performance, which is to my liking. It's not that Gardiner's recording is a bad one, but rather that I think Herreweghe better brings out elements that, as I said, allow the full texture of the work to be heard. So if you're after a period instrument version of the Missa Solemnis, Herreweghe is my recommendation.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Steven Tiger on December 4, 2011
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I have heard numerous performances, some good, some not so good. This recording by Philippe Herreweghe is outstanding in every way. Inevitably, it will be compared with the recording made by another period specialist, John Eliot Gardiner. Gardiner's performance is also first-rate. His performance is several minutes shorter than Herreweghe's, the difference occurring mainly in the opening Kyrie and concluding Agnus Dei movements (the inner movements are pretty much the same in duration in both performances). I think it is largely a matter of personal taste as to which performance is better, and my choice is this one by Philippe Herreweghe. The clarity, majesty, precision, and verve of the performance, and the technical quality of the recording, are simply irresistible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bahij Bawarshi on March 8, 2015
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For this performance of Beethoven's consummate late creation, Philippe Herreweghe unified soloists, chorus and orchestra in a reverent, balanced, rhythmically precise interpretation, recorded live at the Auditorium Stravinsky of Montreux. No conductor has been more closely associated with the forces he works with than Herreweghe. He founded both Collegium Vocale Gent (1970) and La Chapelle Royale (1977) that here combine to form the full chorus, as well as the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées (1991). Of his other works that I am familiar with, he has directed Collegium Vocale in recordings of Bach's Mass in B minor and St. Matthew's Passion, and Orchestre des Champs-Élysées in Bruckner's Mass in F minor. One may mention numerous other works he has recorded for Harmonia Mundi in which he used one or another of these groups. That he could produce such a harmonious display in something as complex and difficult as the Missa Solemnis speaks of the bond between a founding conductor and his musicians.

The soloists, who don't appear to have worked under Herreweghe before, nevertheless fit in well. All four are experienced in concert repertory. In this production, soprano Rosa Mannion and tenor James Taylor in particular stand out. The four singing polyphonically together provide some of the most inspiring moments of the performance. My one reservation is that bass Cornelius Hauptmann doesn't generate the same emotional impact in the Agnus Dei as Kurt Moll does under Leonard Bernstein (Beethoven: Missa Solemnis), especially so in Moll's stunning rendition of 'miserere nobis'.
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By christianw7 on January 19, 2013
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A most unique and excellent recording of this work (period instruments with especially prominent woodwinds & brass). Gardiner, Levine and Klemperer conduct worthy alternatives.
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By Joe D. Bonner on April 21, 2015
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This is good, very, very good - but I compared with JEG's and his is better - compare the ending of the Gloria - still both have wondrous moments - what a almighty work!
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