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Notes and Editorial Reviews
As with his well-received Beethoven Symphony cycle, David Zinman offers a fresh and compelling take on the Missa solemnis featuring brisk tempos, lively phrasing, and lighter than usual sonorities. Zinman's avoidance of heaviness is quite refreshing, and his textural clarity gives Beethoven's challenging Mass an immediacy that's quite welcome. The smoothly flowing Kyrie, the buoyant, life-affirming Credo, and the stern Agnus Dei (featuring first-rate singing from Luba Orgonasova, Anna Larson, Rainer Trost, and Franz-Josef Selig) followed by a festive Dona nobis pacem are the highlights of this moving performance. The Gloria falls short of this level, lacking the intensity of the best versions. This is partially the result of a recording
that places the timpani far back in the sonic picture, muting its impact. But Zinman himself is less inclined to passionate fervor in this movement (as well as in the Pleni sunt coeli section of the Sanctus). Nevertheless, with its excellent choral singing and committed orchestral playing, this is a highly persuasive rendition of Beethoven's late masterpiece, strongly recommended to those who love this work, and especially to those who find it impenetrable.--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Anna Larsson (Alto),
Rainer Trost (Tenor),
Franz-Joseph Selig (Bass),
Luba Orgonasova (Soprano)
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,
Swiss Chamber Chorus
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Spirited and very immediate January 28, 2012
By Guy Chapman See All My Reviews
"This is a technically excellent recording of a compelling performance. There is a directness here which is easily lost in other recordings of this admittedly huge work, even where instruments are doubled it is possible to distinguish the component sounds. Beethoven's frequent changes of dynamic come across with above average subtlety in this recording; Zinman clearly understands the music and the orchestra and chorus communicate this understanding to the listener. This is helped by the very clean execution of the recording itself, which allows the text to be heard despite its occasional rapidity and the substantial orchestral forces.
This is one of my favourite choral recordings, I would recommend it to anyone."