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Beethoven - Missa solemnis | Carus CAR83501

Beethoven - Missa solemnis

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Label: Carus

Cat No: CAR83501

Barcode: 4009350835016

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th May 2019

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Contents

Artists

Johanna Winkel (soprano)
Sophie Harmsen (alto)
Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor)
Arttu Kataja (bass)
Kammerchor Stuttgart
Hofkapelle Stuttgart

Conductor

Frieder Bernius

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Missa solemnis in D major, op.123

Artists

Johanna Winkel (soprano)
Sophie Harmsen (alto)
Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor)
Arttu Kataja (bass)
Kammerchor Stuttgart
Hofkapelle Stuttgart

Conductor

Frieder Bernius

About

Beethoven repeatedly described the Missa solemnis as his greatest work, intended to affect and move people. His labour on the composition was long and intense; the work is not regarded as the most important mass setting of the 19th century in vain.

In terms of its scope and musical demands, it reaches far beyond what is liturgically usual - not without reason did the premiere take place in a concert hall. The Kammerchor Stuttgart and the Hofkapelle Stuttgart under the leadership of Frieder Bernius master the challenges of the Missa with bravura. All the sonorous groups work together intensively, creating an organic and homogeneous flow of interpretation. The young quartet of soloists Johanna Winkel, Sophie Harmsen, Sebastian Kohlhepp and Arttu Kataja complement the ensembles.

Reviews

The conditions of the recording seem propitious: made after a short concert tour of Germany and Italy, under studio conditions over two days in the resonant but not cloudy acoustic of a Catholic basilica just over the border from Strasbourg... Those fugues are well bedded into minds, voices and fingers. ... No less crucially, the soloists have had time to sing with each other: they form a notably well-matched team, not competing with each other or fighting for room with choir and orchestra...  Peter Quantrill
Gramophone August 2019

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