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Missa Solemnis Opus 123

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kyrie
  2. Missa Solemnis, Op. 123: Gloria
  3. Missa Solemnis, Op. 123: Credo
  4. Missa Solemnis, Op. 123: Sanctus
  5. Missa Solemnis, Op. 123: Agnus Dei


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grammofono 2000
  • ASIN: B000003UHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on December 4, 1999
This 1940 performance of the "Missa Solemnis" found Toscanini in a particularly expansive mood, phrasing with great breadth in tempos which, for him, were surprisingly slow. Within this context, the NBC Symphony plays with warmth and depth, the Westminster Choir sings superbly, and the vocal quartet of Milanov, Castagna, Bjorling and Kipnis sound as if they had been singing this music together for years. The overall effect casts a hypnotic spell on the listener that does not let up throughout the entire performance. And, in addition, the recorded sound is warm and natural, not the usual "boxy" sonics heard in most of Toscanini's RCA recordings. This is one performance for the millennium!
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The performances here are not without emotion. There's a tight, nervous intensity in the Schubert (though balmy and itchy in comparison to Carl Schuricht's metaphysical pyrotechnics!).
The Beethoven, though, is bloated and flat and this is one score which needs a lean, athletic approach and one where I'd thought Toscanini would have excelled. Unfortunately the music never quite gets off the ground.
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By A Customer on December 3, 2000
This was a fine, though uninspired performance. For Toscanini fans it is a must but for the rest of us it isn't really worth having. This was at one point (maybe by Dutton Labs?), teamed up with the Schubert 8th on another CD (almost identical cover),though the audio quality here is somewhat superior.
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