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Franck: Les Beatitudes / Rilling, Stuttgart Radio Symphony


Release Date: 05/12/2009 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98548   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  César Franck
Performer:  John CheekIngeborg DanzDiana MontagueGilles Cachemaille,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony OrchestraGächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At nearly two hours, Les Béatitudes is among César Franck's largest compositions. It is scored for orchestra, choir, and eight soloists. The text is a poetic meditation on the eight beatitudes of Jesus, from the Gospel of Matthew, by Joséphine Colomb.

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Reviews:

Unlike the Sermon on the Mount’s elegant concision, Franck’s huge meditation sprawls a little, but Rilling’s fervour, coherence and feel for the rarefied religiosity grips – Diana Montague’s radiance a blessing of its own.

– Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine


Fans of large-scale Romantic choral music may find Les Béatitudes an intriguing work, and it receives a solid
Read more presentation here, with Helmuth Rilling leading Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR in a committed and idiomatic performance. The soloists are of a high quality, singing with purity and conviction, and there are no weak links.

– All Music Guide (Stephen Eddins) Read less

Works on This Recording

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Les béatitudes, M 53 by César Franck
Performer:  John Cheek (Bass), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano),
Gilles Cachemaille (Baritone), Reinhard Hagen (Bass), Juan Vasle (Bass)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1879; France 

Sound Samples

Les beatitudes, M. 53: Prologue
Les beatitudes, M. 53: Beatitude No. 1. Selig sind die Armen im Geiste (Blessed are the poor in spirit) (Chorus, Baritone)
Les beatitudes, M. 53: Beatitude No. 2. Selig sind die sanftmutigen (Blessed are the meek) (Chorus, Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Baritone)
Les beatitudes, M. 53: Beatitude No. 3. Selig sind die Trauernden (Blessed are those who mourn) (Chorus, Alto, Mezzo-Soprano, Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Baritone)
Les beatitudes, M. 53: Beatitude No. 4. Selig sind, die hungern und dursten nach der gerechtigkeit (Blessed are those who hunger...for righteousness) (Tenor, Baritone)
Les beatitudes, M. 53: Beatitude No. 5. Selig sind die Barmherzigen (Blessed are the merciful) (Tenor, Chorus, Baritone, Soprano)
Les beatitudes, M. 53: Beatitude No. 6. Selig, die reinen Herzens sind (Blessed are the pure in heart) (Bass, Tenor, Chorus, Baritone)
Les beatitudes, M. 53: Beatitude No. 7. Selig sind die Friedfertigen (Blessed are the peacemakers) (Bass, Chorus, Baritone)
Les beatitudes, M. 53: Beatitude No. 8. Selig sind, die um der Gerechtigkeit willen verfolgt werden (Blessed are those who are persecuted) (Bass, Chorus, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone)

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