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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Guttenberg, Klangverwaltung Orchestra [1 Blu-ray Disc & 1 CD]

Beethoven / Bernhard / Vondung / Breslik / Speer
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Farao   Catalog #: 108054  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Pavol BreslikSusanne BernhardAnke VondungYorck Felix Speer
Conductor:  Enoch zu Guttenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the KlangVerwaltungKlangverwaltung Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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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.

Read more 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.
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Works on This Recording

Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Pavol Breslik (Tenor), Susanne Bernhard (Soprano), Anke Vondung (Mezzo Soprano),
Yorck Felix Speer (Bass)
Conductor:  Enoch zu Guttenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the KlangVerwaltung,  Klangverwaltung Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/7/2010 
Venue:  Herules Concert Hall, Munich Residence 

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