Beethoven - Symphony no.9, Missa solemnis | Orfeo MP1804

Beethoven - Symphony no.9, Missa solemnis

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Label: Orfeo

Cat No: MP1804

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 12th April 2019

Contents

Artists

Helen Donath (soprano)
Brigitte Fassbaender (alto)
Horst Laubenthal (tenor)
Peter Schreier (tenor)
Hans Sotin (bass)
John Shirley-Quirk (bass)
Elmar Schloter (organ)
Rudolf Koeckert (violin)
Chor des bayerischen Rundfunks
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Rafael Kubelik

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Missa solemnis in D major, op.123
Symphony no.9 in D minor, op.125 'Choral'

Artists

Helen Donath (soprano)
Brigitte Fassbaender (alto)
Horst Laubenthal (tenor)
Peter Schreier (tenor)
Hans Sotin (bass)
John Shirley-Quirk (bass)
Elmar Schloter (organ)
Rudolf Koeckert (violin)
Chor des bayerischen Rundfunks
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Rafael Kubelik

About

Rafael Kubelík’s proverbial modesty and his creed of absolute faithfulness to the original work earned him many admirers, especially during his years in Munich as principal conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio (1961–79). It was less the person Kubelík that was venerated, but his interpretation of music: uncompromising concentration on what was essential, unadulterated and relevant in the best sense of the word.

With Helen Donath, Brigitte Fassbaender, Peter Schreier, John Shirley-Quirk and other voices from the very top ‘league’ of the concert and song guard of the 1970s and 1980s, these Munich recordings also go far beyond the status of historical sound documents – they are veritable reference recordings!

Reviews

A very special Ninth, then, but what makes this double-pack unmissable is Kubelík’s inspired 1977 recording of the Missa solemnis... the reading’s highlight is the Credo, a difficult movement to hold together but which here is cohent for its entire 20-minute duration...  Rob Cowan
Gramophone August 2019

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