Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123by Ludwig van Beethoven Performer:
Agnes Giebel (Soprano),
Marga Höffgen (Alto),
Ernst Haefliger (Tenor),
Karl Ridderbusch (Bass)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,
Netherlands Radio Chorus
Period: Classical Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 09/1970 Venue: Amsterdam Length: 140 Minutes 0 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Still Unsurpassed ReadingOctober 11, 2012By John O'Grady See All My Reviews"Exceptionally fine soloists despite their rather limited discography, but the star is Jochum and the Choir is miraculous - even in the virtually unsingable Et vitam venturi. . . at the end of the Credo, the choir's singing is almost effortless in its rendition. Truly amazing. Meanwhile - back to Eugen Jochum. Well known as one of the 20th Century's finest ever conductors, this recording captures him in September 1970 at the absolute pinnacle of his powers. His tempi are as close to perfect at EVERY juncture as could be imagined. His rhythmic control is absolute bringing forth every ounce of tension and resolution Beethoven has so completely endowed in the work. I have never heard a finer recording of this work, despite owning more than 20 CD versions. In the Gloria from Quoniam tu solus. . . right up to the final Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! I am held totally enthralled and completely speechless. However, the entire performance builds to the indescribable beauties and tortures suffered by Beethoven as portrayed in the Agnus Dei. Karl Ridderbusch leads the wailing despair of Agnus Dei, miserere nobis sung with unbridled excellence by all four soloists. The sublime incantation of the final donna nobis pacem must be heard to understand how it so completely finally unites the entire reading of the work. If you own only 1 Missa Solemnis, this is the one to buy in my opinion. I continue on many listenings to follow the complete full score of the work with this performance to emphasize its greatness."Report Abuse
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