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