Notes and Editorial Reviews
Enoch zu Guttenberg’s Missa Solemnis gets the listener’s attention. “Art has to convey something,” says the conductor, “The listener has to understand what the piece is saying”. Guttenberg knows how to interpret the multiple ideas of Beethoven, the numerous musical pictures, in a striking way. Human humility and divine dignity are vividly set against each other.
Enoch zu Guttenberg interprets the dramatic parts of the mass with vigor, the intimate passages prayerfully. The credo is a very distinctive example of this. The verse depicting Christ’s entombment is accompanied by melancholic funeral music, which turns into explosive songs of jubilation the next moment as the theme turns to resurrection.
KlangVerwaltung Choir and Orchestra translate the rapidly changing affects in a terrific way. Without noticeable effort Susanne Bernhard alternates smoothly between the dynamic extremes and Anke Vondung’s strong alto is impressive. Devotional parts in particular really bring out the best in Pavol Breslik, an excellent oratorio tenor and York Felix Speers delights with his profound bass.
Ludwig van Beethoven signed his work with the motto “From the heart – it shall again touch hearts”. Enoch zu Guttenberg has taken this motto and made it the benchmark for his interpretation.
Works on This Recording
Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Pavol Breslik (Tenor),
Susanne Bernhard (Soprano),
Anke Vondung (Mezzo Soprano),
Yorck Felix Speer (Bass)
Enoch zu Guttenberg
Orchestra of the KlangVerwaltung,
Klangverwaltung Chamber Chorus
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 3/7/2010
Venue: Herules Concert Hall, Munich Residence
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