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Christus Box set

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Disc: 1

  1. Christus: Christmas Oratorio: No. 1 - Introduction
  2. Christus: Christmas Oratorio: No.2 - Pastorale And Herald Angel's Song
  3. Christus: Christmas Oratorio: No.3 - Stabat Mater speciosa
  4. Christus: Christmas Oratorio: No. 4 - Pastoral Music At The Manger
  5. Christus: Christmas Oratorio: No.5 March Of The Three Magi

Disc: 2

  1. Christus: After Epiphany: No. 6 - The Beatitudes
  2. Christus: After Epiphany: No. 7 - The Lord's Prayer
  3. Christus: After Epiphany: No. 8 - The Founding Of The Church
  4. Christus: After Epiphany: No. 9 - The Miracle
  5. Christus: After Epiphany: No. 10 - Ride Into Jerusalem

Disc: 3

  1. Christus: Passion And Resurrection: No.11 - Tristis est anima mea
  2. Christus: Passion And Resurrection: No. 12 - Stabat Mater dolorosa
  3. Christus: Passion And Resurrection: No. 13 - O filii et filiae
  4. Christus: Passion And Resurrection: No. 14 Resurrexit


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Haenssler Classics
  • ASIN: B00000655L
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm going to preamble my comments by saying I know this particular score very, VERY well: I was the person who advocated for the first 20th century performance (in the US) of "Christus" at Indiana University School of Music, which we performed in 1976.
Given that: I cannot imagine this piece being performed any better than has been done by Mr. Rilling. Mr. Rilling has not merely synthesized the music: he has personalized the score! Rilling's realization of Liszt's score is a marvelously restrained performance -- yet it brings forth the essential "bigness" of the music (this is, after all, a late 19th century oratorio) while not ever allowing the music to become "cheap" or "gaudy".
Liszt is an amazingly uneven composer. It's hard to imagine that the person who composed "Christus" is the same person who composed the "Grand Galop Chromatique"! Yet "Christus" is music-making on the very highest order -- this is a score which can stand comparison with Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" and Brahms' "German Requiem" and hold its head high along side these greatest of masterpieces. One senses that Liszt truly meant every note he wrote in this score.
There is some really sublime music all throughout Christus. The opening "Rorate Coeli" is reminiscent of very late Beethoven (and every bit as good!) - marred very slightly by some extraneous noise (perhaps backstage?). That noise is the only flaw I found in the entire 3 CD-set!
The "Pastorale" and "March of the Three Wise Magi" strongly suggest Mahler by way of Liszt's use of small chamber groups as a part of a very large orchestra.
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I cannot claim anywhere near the authority of Mr. Carpenter, but while I second nearly everything he says in his fine review, we part company when it comes to the March of the Three Kings movement. It is incredibly hard to catch the right combination of vigor and spiritual afflatus in this march without descending into bombast, and I feel Maestro Rilling erred on the side of good taste, with the result that the piece goes at too low an emotional temperature and the miraculous release at the climax of the movement is underplayed. For me, the definitive performance of this movement remains the piano transcription of Ervin Nyiregyhazi, warts and all. This one reservation apart, I cannot recommend Rilling's traversal of Christus highly enough. Put this recording in your shopping cart now!
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It's shocking that a work of such outstanding quality is so little known. I stumbled across this music entirely by accident, not even being aware that Liszt wrote such a large-scale composition. I'll also admit--I'm not the biggest Liszt fan either. But this piece defies all pre-conceptions. It's first-rate in every way, with some unbelievably gorgeous and moving music that on a first listen will make you sit up. What a find! Since I don't know any other performances, I can't compare this to any others, but it seems quite involved and effective to me. I'll echo the other comments - don't even hesitate to throw this in your cart and buy it.
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